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Sia

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  • Eat, Pray, Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her 30s, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.

    MAUREEN says: "Self serving autobiography"
    "Just couldn't finish it..."
    Overall

    Maybe I ought not to review this, but half way through, I just had to give up. While I liked the Rome part, leaving Rome just killed it for me. I couldn't bear listing to the author telling herself, that she loved her any more..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3019)
    Performance
    (2606)
    Story
    (2622)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Only reason I got this far is Scott Brick"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Normally I like the Harlan Coben/Scott Brick combo, but this book was slow and boring - sorry Harlan, I cant finish it, I give up now with one hour or so to go...
    Scott Brick is awesome as usual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3020)
    Performance
    (2676)
    Story
    (2678)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Maybe audio is not for this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, I found it very difficult to focus on the story, I constantly lost my attention. The Passage on the other hand, I listened to for hours and hours in one sitting, this has taken me quite some time to get through.
    The characters felt flat and I kept forgetting who was who, and the pace was slow.
    Maybe my expectations where too high, but they were not fulfilled.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I have read that Kindle books and other books have illustrations, I am surprised these are not included in the audio download, maybe that had made it easier to keep track of the characters.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick is my fave narrator, but even with him and his portrait of the characters it was confusing.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the book or the Kindle version - or at least find the illustrations and character lists somewhere prior to listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (945)

    For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is one part of a killer’s mission.

    Kathryn says: "My inner voice said..' Are you sure you want to?'"
    "Save your credit!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What would have made Last to Die better?

    A better story and proof reading. Too many times are we told that Julian is the closest Maura has to a son, we are taken back to the Ice Cold book. I have read that book, I don't need for that story to be mentioned again and again.
    The same phrases are used repeatedly, and I am really surprised Tess Gerritsen is releasing this.
    Normally I am caught by her books, but not this one, it was rather hard to finish.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tess Gerritsen again?

    Probably, I like her other books.


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

    I love Scott Brick, so he would be my first choice. I didn't particular like some of Tanya Eby's voices for this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was missing the quality I have come to expect from Tess Gerritsen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1673)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Great fast paced book"
    Overall
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    Where does Stay Close rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have listened to. I love Scott Brick, but didn't know the author. The book is well written, characters deep and believable. I certainly recommend this to anyone, the story is great, you get lost in it, will defo get more of his books.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick brings out the emotions of the characters, he does it with so effortlessness that I cannot imagine anyone else reading this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I heard it in three sittings - and that was only because my phones battery ran out one of the times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18512)
    Performance
    (16477)
    Story
    (16437)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "This book is too long"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The idea behind the book is great, I love the thought if how things would look if JFK had not been killed and I was really curious. But, the book is too long, I got bored and the narrator was doing my head in. This shold be a read not a performance, I don't want to listen to a man act out a womans sex scene to be honest. Too many circles and a then with this long book the ending is rushed.
    I don't know why others would enjoy it more, the book has depth, but for me it got lost in the length. What I did like was the detailed describtion of USA 1958. I am born 1974 in Scandinavia, so that was a treat to read.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    I have if not all, then most of Stephen Kings books, this one beloing with my least favorites, but I think it is due to the length and repetition of the story. Land og ago and the past harmonizes, someone ought to do a count of how many times those phrases are used!


    How could the performance have been better?

    If it was less theatrical, I listen to these on headphones, screaming etc is not pleasent then. Craig Wasson has a great reading voice, but I didn't like how he made Sadie this needy person, is she like that in the book, I wonder? If he would only have stuck to reading and not performing, although I have no doubt he is a great performer.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the first half better.


    Any additional comments?

    What for an abridged version, I am sure that will rock !

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (828)

    In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "somewhat disappointing"
    "Waste of time and talent"
    Overall

    I am disappointed with this book, I have read all the Isle's and Rizzoli books, and loved them. This one, I only finished because I had hope that it would improve.
    While I didn't mind the narrator on the last book, I didn't like her in this one. If you can't make an accent, don't do it, and whats up with the nasal sounds?
    The plot I had mostly figured out beforehand, long before, and had I know it would circle so much around parenthood, I would have skipped it. This book has taught me, that next time, I will wait for the reviews. This one is mediocre at best, sorry Tess..

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2973)
    Performance
    (1693)
    Story
    (1695)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "OMG - this book was so bad"
    Overall

    The only, and absolutely only reason, that I finished it, was because of Scott Brick. And fair play to him for not being bored out of his eyes narrating this.
    The book is predictable, poor ending, way too long, going over and over the same stuff again. And for the plot - it was just too convinient that the bad guy knowing all about mining.
    I found it hard to care about the characters, or feel them. Maybe an abridged version had been better, but that would not have changed the unconclusive ending, getting the authors off the hook, way too easy...
    I am giving two stars, which one is Scott Bricks narrating, without him, it would have been one star..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7166)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3530)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    Others have mentioned, that they hated when the first part of the book ended, and we shifted 92 years into the future, new people, new way of life, and what happened to everybody else? Those characters so well described ? Well - gone.. I guess they got eaten, or something.

    I got really caught up in this book, I could to Scott Brick forever, at first I didn't like his narrating, but then it became such a big part of the story. I love Justin Cronin' level of detail, I can still vision all the place "we" went in the book.

    I would recommend it, if you like sci-fi, gruesome tales in the future, survivial of mankind and how we may all learn from this, you'd probably like this as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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