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Stephanie

Clearlake, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 35 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 475 titles in library
  • 78 purchased in 2014
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  • Faces of the Gone: Carter Ross, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That's the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims - an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama's boy - came from different parts of the city and didn't seem to know one another.

    Stephanie says: "Fast Paced, Great Narrator"
    "Fast Paced, Great Narrator"
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    Looking for a mystery with some interesting characters and clever dialogue? I found both Brad Parks' books fast paced and enjoyable, largely due to the great narration. Admittedly, the story won't stand up to the best books I've read/heard this year, but it did make for a more enjoyable commute and I would recommend it overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bread & Butter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michelle Wildgen
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Britt and Leo have spent ten years running Winesap, the best restaurant in their small Pennsylvania town. They cater to their loyal customers; they don't sleep with the staff; and business is good, even if their temperamental pastry chef is bored with making the same chocolate cake night after night. But when their younger brother, Harry, opens his own restaurant - a hip little joint serving an aggressive lamb neck dish - Britt and Leo find their own restaurant thrown off-kilter.

    Stephanie says: "Enjoyable Excursion Inside the Restaurant Business"
    "Enjoyable Excursion Inside the Restaurant Business"
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    Brothers Britt and Leo have settled into a comfortable routine running their successful restaurant in a small town. Enter brother Harry who shakes things up by coming back to town after having made the decision to open a small restaurant of his own in the same town. What does this mean to the family? Will Britt and Leo support his new endeavor? Will this be the wedge that drives the family apart? Having spent many years working in the restaurant business myself, I had many enjoyable deja vu moments in the depictions of the challenges of opening a new restaurant as well as the day to day operations of a restaurant. For me, it seemed very true to life how we sometimes resist and fight changes that can be opportunities for personal growth that, ultimately, enhance our lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5574)
    Performance
    (5198)
    Story
    (5204)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Another Home Run"
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    There's something about the latest novels of Stephen King that translate so well to audio. The story was very engaging and the narrator, Will Patton, is first rate. The story opens with the horrific murders of innocent folks waiting in line at a job fair. Flash forward to retired detective Hodges. He has really never had any interests outside the job. When he retires, he spends his time eating too much, watching bad television and contemplating suicide. Our killer, Mr. Mercedes, unintentionally gives retired detective Hodges a new lease on life by giving him back his old case and a second chance to solve it. Good character development, nice plot twists, good triumphs over evil (most of the time), what's not to like?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8682)
    Performance
    (7940)
    Story
    (8025)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Sooo Disappointing!"
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    Let me join hands with many other disappointed reviewers. I just hate it when a story with great promise winds down and down and down...until you reach the unsatisfying conclusion. That is just what happens here. I had a hard time sticking with this, but had invested so much time in #1 and #2 of the series, I felt like I just had to make it to the end.
    Had I just stopped with "Divergent," I would have been better off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (604)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "Discovered a New Favorite"
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    I started with #2 in the Department Q series due to the positive reviews here, and look forward to listening to all the others soon! I enjoy a good revenge tale and found myself rooting for the perpetrator as well as the detectives. The narrative bounces back and forth in time, a strategy that works well for this story. The Department Q characters of Carl, Assad and Rose are all very well written and I look forward to spending more time with them while listening to other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Games: Disillusionists, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Carolyn Crane
    • Narrated By Rebecca Wisocky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (224)

    Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals.

    Rae says: "Great Start to New Series"
    "Just OK"
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    Unlike some other reviewers, I felt like the descriptions of crippling anxiety and hypochondria were pretty interesting. The story concept was also unique and interesting. I found the heroine of the story very tiresome as the narrative progressed. I really liked the first part of the book and then it went...where? Maybe it was just my lack of interest in the main character. I felt disappointed overall, but I did make it all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1294)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Better Choices for Urban Fantasy"
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    There are so many good books out there in the urban fantasy genre, don't waste your time on this one. It was so dull, I found my mind constantly wandering as I checked over and over again to see if I was any closer to the end. The conclusion of the book was, to put it nicely, anti-climactic. I was sucked in by the many positive reviews, but I was just bored, bored, bored and had a hard time understanding some of the dialogue due to the accent of the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1230)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "An "Epic" Novel Worth Your Time"
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    Really enjoyed all the many hours involved in listening to this novel. This is one of those "best books" recommendations that was right on target. I liked the many narrators and the way it helped when listening to divide the stories of each generation of the family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Upstairs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (297)

    Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the "woman upstairs", a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. He and his parents - dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar and professor at the École Normale Supérleure; and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist - have come to Boston for Skandar to take up a fellowship at Harvard.

    Beth Anne says: "Disturbing, Frustrating, Messed Up and AWESOME!"
    "So Tedious"
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    The good reviews sucked me in to listening to this rather tedious book. I found the main character to be generally unlikeable and, honestly, couldn't have cared less about what happened to her. The "surprising" ending I had been expecting was pretty anti-climactic and I was just happy to have it all end. Although well written, I can't say this was a particularly captivating story.

    1 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
    (6993)
    Performance
    (6481)
    Story
    (6496)

    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"
    "Interesting Follow Up"
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    So if you were wondering whatever happened to the young boy in The Shining (one of my all time favorite "popcorn" book reads), here's your answer. I must admit that, initially, I really disliked this book and hated what the author did with the main character, but the story got more and more interesting and I found that I was really enjoying it a few hours in. I still think Stephen King could use a good editor to pare down his sometimes excessive prose, but overall found that I really enjoyed this book. Narration was decent and the many hours I listened went by fairly rapidly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11905)
    Performance
    (10817)
    Story
    (10841)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun, Entertaining"
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    This is an interesting twist on the creepy apartment building story, and not one I was expecting! Although very far fetched, I did enjoy the story and found myself entertained throughout. Overall, however, I don't think I can give it more than 4 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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