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Rochelle

Mattoon, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1806)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    One of my favorite Agent Pendergast books! I took it everywhere with me! The passages where the agent and a friend were being chased through the swamp really had my heart racing. Great Job on this one and LOVED the narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2363)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (908)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Listening to this for the 3rd time!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to In a Sunburned Country the most enjoyable?

    The humor blended along with facts about Australia. Bryson covers everything with a detailed eye.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (581)

    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    R. Milam says: "Great story - but not for the faint of heart!"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Working Stiff? What did you like least?

    I'm interested in the subject and I think the author's experiences and stories were tremendously interesting. Ms. Melenek expresses great admiration and respect for her co-workers and mentors. Her tales of 9/11 were heartbreaking.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Eby?

    I don't know, but her narration came across as goofy and overdone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dummy Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (326)

    Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.

    Susan says: "Good and Fast Paced"
    "Now HERE is a great story!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does The Dummy Line rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right near the top. It was a completely unexpected pleasant surprise! Ive paid 2-3 times as much for some audiobooks that were not nearly as entertaining as this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all great


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

    I dont believe so. I think its the first time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hold on to your seat!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2428)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1284)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Started out good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Heart-Shaped Box better?

    Removing the horrible, jarring music that came between some chapters/parts of the story. Why did the last 10 or so 'chapters' have to consist of one or two sentences??? Just end the story... why drag it on??


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    the ghost


    Any additional comments?

    The story had potential. I was intrigued by the manner in which it began with the heart shaped box, but I think after a time, the story became chaotic. I would not recommend it to someone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9097)
    Performance
    (8201)
    Story
    (8217)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldnt turn them away from it, but I dont think I would encourage anyone to read it.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    The various character voices were excellent!


    Any additional comments?

    I had high hopes for the book and can say I enjoyed the twists and turns. However, the story seemed to drag a bit from time to time.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7299)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3544)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Great Listen that kept surprising me!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Lincoln Lawyer?

    I loved that it surprised me. I thought it would be a good listen, but didnt expect the twists and turns of the story that kept me sitting in the car wanting to finish a chapter before I went in the house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (468)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I dont know


    Has The Last Child turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I thought the narration was poor. It was very annoying when the narrator, for no apparent reason, pronounced 'the' as 'thee' almost every time and the word 'a' with a long A sound. For what reason? It sounded like an almost illiterate person was reading the story!


    What character would you cut from The Last Child?

    I would cut the lisp from the coroner.


    Any additional comments?

    Along with the narration, the story was unnecessarily dragged out. Things were repeated over and over to prolong the story, but for what reason???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2657)
    Performance
    (1973)
    Story
    (1978)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Chris says: "Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I felt there was not much 'meat' to the story. An indulgent, spoiled and headstrong young woman and a mother and father who seem to stick their heads in the sand at every opportunity. The biggest revelation for me in this book was how some things going on early in the Nazi regime remind me of American politics today. The blatant actions and words of the Nazis early on were pooh-poohed by observers and denied after the fact by the German leaders who successfully whipped up a frenzied loyalty in many of their countrymen. Those Germans who didn't agree were afraid to speak up in fear of their life. No where near as good as Devil in the White City.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1574)
    Performance
    (784)
    Story
    (773)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "Fabulous read; easy to understand."
    Overall

    This one is a winner! I have read several of Dawkins' books before, but listening to his voice (and the other reader, too) really helped me understand the ideas and examples he presented. We have done a poor job educating our student population on Evolution. This book explains everything in such simple and understandable detail! A must read for an educated person!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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