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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Don't waste your money or credits on this drivel"

    Truly stupid. Couldn't get past the hour mark. Male narrator's voice leaves a lot to be desired. Sound too feminine. Gratuitous vulgarities. How soon does it take to get into a story line? Come on! I stuck with it as long as I could before yanking out the earbud.
    Too bad there are no refunds on; this is a rare circumstance where I would truly ask for one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    "Save your money..."

    What would have made First Grave on the Right better? Less fantasy sex; the “Big Bad” Not being Reyes but a benevolent persona; a truly interesting problem to solve instead of how to keep a brain-dead person on life-support
    What could Darynda Jones have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you? Forget the whole concept of "son of the Satan;" that's offensive to millions of people who take Satan seriously. A love interest is great, but not one so far-fetched. Jones could have done a lot more interesting romantic stuff with the cop, and for her future reference, the most erotic and interesting "sex" scenes don't necessarily involve naked people between the sheets and a blow-by-blow description of action. If people want that they can read porn.
    Loved the various dead people and the lawyers, and the interactions with them, but how smart can she (the protagonist) be if she couldn't outsmart the dead Aunt and figured out how to made coffee.
    See? this is the main problem: I just finished this book yesterday, and the characters are SO forgettable I can't remember anyone name except Reyes, and that's because I thought his character was unnecessary and silly. Jones needs to create MEMORABLE characters that people love-- like Travis Magee, Odd Thomas, and Jack Reacher.
    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
    Lorelei King is a terrific narrator; her talents have nothing to do with the poor quality of the book.
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? This book has some witty parts and some good humor; the author makes good use of metaphor and simile. Too bad she didn't spend more time on a better plot.
    I won't read another volume of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Found: God's Will: Find the Direction and Purpose God Wants for Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By John MacArthur
    • Narrated By John Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Get ready for a surprise! You may want to jump and shout when you hear the sixth principle for knowing when you have found God's will.

    The sixth principle is "Do whatever you want" as long as the first five principles are operating in your life. Listen to all six principles to better understand what the psalmist means when he urges, "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart" (Psalm 37:4).

    L.A. says: "Another great book from John MacArthur"
    "Another great book from John MacArthur"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Found: God's Will is not a 1,000 page tome-- it merely contains the widsom and substance of one.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The foundtional principles are supported 100% by God's Word.

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

    John Haag was fine as a reader; I can't point to any particular thing (except words here and there which should have been emphasized) and say his performance wasn't good. However, there are other people who would have done a truly outstanding job-- MacArthur himself (who possesses a very ear-pleasing radio voice), for example.

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

    Loved the part about reading the Bible -- John's experience reading John and the whole 90-day macro experience. Definitely something concrete that we can put into practice.

    Any additional comments?

    Terrific book! Short, yet substantial!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Decider

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    Architect and family man Lee Morris never gave much thought to the shares he inherited of the Stratton Park racecourse, the multi-million dollar property owned by the powerful Stratton family. His mother had first received the shares to keep her quiet about the abuse she had suffered at the hands of her first husband, Keith Stratton. Now, much to Lee's chagrin, he is being drawn into the thick of the Stratton family squabbles as they wage a furious debate over the future of the race track.

    Debbie Matsuura says: "Version (1 hr 27 minutes) is wrong"
    "Read this BEFORE you PURCHASE!"

    Dick Francis' book Decider is a great book. Even in an abridged version it was entertaining. HOWEVER, there IS a glitch in this product-- in that only half of the book is on this recording. (I bought it on a special sale and didn't look at the reviews, or I would have known this. oops!) The representative I talked to wasn't aware that the recording is defective, but he said he would listen to it-- so perhaps it will be officially logged as a problem and be corrected.
    Meanwhile, until Audible gets this audio version sorted out, purchase another one of Dick Francis' book: "Odds Against," "Whip Hand," and "Come to Grief" are highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Definitely NOT for Kids!"

    An Audible Kids Book? Are you kidding?
    This book, while interesting, is for adults; children should not be exposed to the graphic language and concepts it contains.
    It might possibly be insightful into the thinking of a person with Asperger's Syndrome, but don't be mislead into believing it's about an autistic child; there are more differences than similarities between these two conditions.
    While it includes many of the characteristics of a good novel, the author's liberal use of four-letter words and other common street jargon is neither applaudable nor appreciated.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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