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  • Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (555)

    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
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2119)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1844)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "I tried to listen faster to get through this book."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better writing (Janet Evanovich could use a better editor). Better narration. C.J. Critt speaks too slowly, is not dynamic, uses a chipper voice for everything as if she's explaining how to use a smartphone to an octogenarian, and she pauses too long between sentences AND you can hear her take a breath before she says each sentence. I find myself just listening to her inhale throughout the book.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

    Boring. Stephanie Plum sounds like a bone head.


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    Never.


    What character would you cut from One for the Money?

    Stephanie Plum.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping this would be a neat/new series for me, but it sucks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Went Bananas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lilian Jackson Braun
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (48)

    Autumn has arrived, and the citizens of Pickax find themselves amid a clamor of activity. In addition to the opening of its latest theatrical production, the town is celebrating the dedication of a new bookstore and park built in memory of Pickax's beloved bookshop owner Edd Smith. Columnist Jim Qwilleran, participating in the festivities, is also busy with his latest book project: an account of a uniquely historic guest residence, the Hibbard House.

    Nina says: "VERY disappointing"
    "This could have taken place in Lake Wobegone."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to this book; great characters, kind of like hanging out in an L.L. Bean catalog, but at Lake Wobegone.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Fizzles out.


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

    George Guidall is the grandfather you never had, and my favorite narrator. Sometimes I look for books that he's narrated, because I like his narration that much.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope. I'd wait for it to come out on Netflix, or TV.


    Any additional comments?

    This is ok, but it's a little like hanging out in a retirement home with active seniors.

    0 of 0 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
    (4250)
    Performance
    (3971)
    Story
    (3983)

    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!!!"
    "Stephen King creates great characters."
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    If you could sum up Mr. Mercedes in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, detailed, edited.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holly Gibney - well developed, and genuine.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    He's done a great job with other Stephen King books, and he does a great job with this one. He has a nice tempo to his narration, and develops reliable voices for the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to savor this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Getting this book was a no-brainer for me, and it was worth it. Enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Dancers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (206)

    When two lowlifes rob a gas station, murder the attendant, and then incinerate bystanders who are filling up their minivan, the Manceford County, North Carolina, police quickly arrest the killers at a nearby motel.

    Mary-Ann says: "Suspense!"
    "Not a great story for the length of the book."
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    Would you try another book from P. T. Deutermann and/or Dick Hill?

    Probably not. I don't like Dick Hill's narration that much; it reminds me of an actor in a 70's cop movie that you'd see on TBS on a Sunday afternoon while eating leftover beef lo mein.


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

    Some of the characters were stock, so I'd make them more unique and therefor more real.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    ok, meh, not bad.


    Did The Cat Dancers inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're on the fence about this one, I wouldn't go for it. I didn't feel that this book was fun to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (458)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Protagonist a bit naive, loves describing coffee!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about On What Grounds? What did you like least?

    It was easy to listen to; it reminded me of a Lifetime movie. The writing was good, but at times the protagonist asks a lot of questions that don't need to be asked, and is a little verbose. The actions and words of the main character are a little unrealistic, a little too innocent, a little too nice. For example, if someone is going to try to ruin your life, you wouldn't exclaim "You bastard!" - that's probably the most foul language used in the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The descriptions of coffee preparation are nice, but they make it sound like a book written in a coffee house by a coffee house worker looking to move on from working in a coffee house. The least interesting aspect was the list of characters who seem stock.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't really have any favorite scenes; the book doesn't seem to have too many highs or lows - it's just a nice smooth story, like a nice cup of coffee.


    Did On What Grounds inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something relaxing to occupy your time, this is a good book; it won't take you to many places that will startle you or make you uncomfortable.

    2 of 2 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
    (1220)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (281)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1097)

    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
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1659)
    Story
    (1662)

    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
    (3436)
    Performance
    (2555)
    Story
    (2553)

    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
    (136)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (121)

    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

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