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Victor

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  • Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (516)

    In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery - as three people, with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stand between a madman and his next crime.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Neat! Make sure you check the order of the series"
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    Would you listen to Undone again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again, because I already listened to it.


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

    Part of the story was never explained.


    What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

    It sounded good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (253)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "Narrating your own book? Bad idea Mitch. Bad idea"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I spent more time listening to Mitch Albom's accent and lisp.


    Has The Five People You Meet in Heaven turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mitch should have had a professional narrate his book; his narration includes his accent, his lisp, and his pedantry.


    Was The Five People You Meet in Heaven worth the listening time?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to listen to Mitch Albom ham it up, listen to the 'special' interview at the end. Geez, I thought I was going to throw up. It's embarrassing hearing an author speak so poorly and make grammatical errors during an interview where the soft-ball questions are gobbled up by Mitch, like that dog food where you add water and it 'makes it's own gravy'. What a douche!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1006)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "L. Ron Hubbard is a bastard."
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    Would you listen to Going Clear again? Why?

    Yes, it was incredibly informative.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Clear?

    When you realize that L.Ron Hubbard wasn't just a science fiction writer, but a complete scumbag dictator oppressor.


    What about Morton Sellers’s performance did you like?

    The narration was pretty good. I would have preferred George Guidall... but that's always the case.


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

    It was a long book, but I liked the part where L. Ron Hubbard is in the Navy and attacks a log at sea.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to really know what Scientology is all about, listen to this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1684)
    Performance
    (1519)
    Story
    (1523)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Fantastic Audiobook!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to many friends, because it's great. It must be listened to, because reading it will not be as fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the narrator best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scenes with the psychiatrist the best.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Silver Linings Playbook and why?

    The main character is the most memorable, because you get to hear what is going on in his head, which seems fairly normal.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book, don't read it, and don't go to see the movie first. The movie does not really represent the book accurately. The movie does a disservice to the book.

    1 of 2 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
    (3228)
    Performance
    (2371)
    Story
    (2369)

    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)"
    "Great! Probably my favorite series!"
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    What did you love best about The Cold Dish?

    I love the characters, I absolutely love the narration by George Guidall; he is the grandfather you never had, and is a master narrator!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not at the edge of my seat, but I didn't want to be at the edge of my seat, I'd rather enjoy the whole chair, just as Walt Longmire would!


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

    Everything. George Guidall makes books come alive. He is my absolute favorite narrator, and I look for books that he has narrated, because he is a master story teller.


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

    Get ready for extraordinary ordinary.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book and have devoured the series. I feel like I'm riding with pals.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty as Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (117)

    A cold-blooded kidnapper has been playing a twisted game with a terrified Minnesota town. Now a respected member of the community stands accused of a startling act of evil. But when a second boy disappears, a frightened public demands to know: Have the police caught the wrong man? Is the nightmare continuing...or just beginning? Prosecutor Ellen North believes she’s building a case against a guilty man - and that he has an accomplice in the shadows. As she prepares for the trial of her career, Ellen suddenly finds herself swept into a cruel contest of twisted wits.

    Victor says: "Beware, this is a continuation of another book."
    "Beware, this is a continuation of another book."
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    Would you try another book from Tami Hoag and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    Yes, I think Tami Hoag is a good author.


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

    This one isn't as great as others.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was ok.


    Did Guilty as Sin inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    The list of characters was really long, and I had to write them down in a notebook to keep track. I don't know why so many characters were needed for the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14373)
    Performance
    (11784)
    Story
    (12413)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "More enjoyable than people might think."
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I liked the main characters; they were fantasy characters, which was great. It's fun to jump into an ideal world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the main character the best but that's probably because she's the one you spend the most time with.


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Anastasia.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed this book, and the series more than I thought I would.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of people are down on this book for it not being super porn, and I don't know why. It's not listed as "The Porniest Book Ever!" - I feel like people want to attack this book and series because they're looking for something to be mad at. It's an entertaining book and series. I finished the first and wanted to find out what happened in the second and third books. They were all entertaining, and that's what I was looking for.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Thief: A Body Farm Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    New York Times best-selling author Jefferson Bass delivers an authentic and knuckle-biting thriller in which forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton must confront a crime of unimaginable proportions on his own doorstep.

    Jan Scarborough says: "The Bone Thief"
    "I was glad when this book was over."
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    What would have made The Bone Thief better?

    A better story. This one was boring, and it took a long time for the boredom to carry on to the end.


    What was most disappointing about Jefferson Bass’s story?

    The story wasn't that great.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dan Woren’s performances?

    Probably not.


    What character would you cut from The Bone Thief?

    All of them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4005)
    Performance
    (2284)
    Story
    (2300)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Meh"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would change the main character. If you're looking for a typical "I'm hard because that's how I need to be for this job, because I'm hard, and that gives me the edge I need to do the job, and not let the job do me!" female detective, then bingo - you've got it.


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story could have been more creative. I got to the mysterious part of the story and thought "So what?".


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I've gotten picky about my narrators, and I would have preferred George Guidall.


    Was Naked in Death worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like the futuristic setting. That part seems lame. They don't mention that anywhere when you're checking out the book, or if they did, I missed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3689)
    Performance
    (3181)
    Story
    (3151)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "If you enjoyed "The Sociopath Next Door"!"
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    If you could sum up Quiet in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, engaging, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable.


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

    No. This one is great! Kathe Mazur's performance is great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed it, but did not have an extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be sorry, unless you're an extrovert, in which case, you're probably sorry all the time, unless you're a sociopath, in which case you're not sorry for anything, ever, and you're probably hurting people in order to rise to power.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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