You no longer follow Claire

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Claire

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Claire

Riverside, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

1
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 104 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1867)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1637)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "A lot of same old..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it for the light reading and "no-brainer" content.


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

    I liked the plot since there were several things happening at once. This is definitely not the same plot The author has used before, but the antics do repeat themselves.


    Could you see Notorious Nineteen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think the plot lends itself well to a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of the Stephanie Plum series and enjoy reading the light, uncomplicated plot lines in between other novels which are more cerebral. I've always enjoyed the continuity of going from one to the next and always knowing who is who. Unfortunately, what bogs this book down is its constant explanation of who is who, who lives where, and telling the new reader the connections that exist between characters. It is definitely a stand-alone book, not dependent upon the others to get the gist, but I already know the gist and grew tired of being reminded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (1566)
    Story
    (1573)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Ameteurish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about King and Maxwell?

    This book left nothing to the imagination. Too many words and too much explanation left me feeling like the author didn't trust me to draw any conclusions without him.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    The story itself was an interesting premise. However, the execution of the plot was unsatisfying. Too many things were assumed on the part of the characters.


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

    Cold, calculating, unemotive


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

    I enjoy the weekly tv show and the actors that play the parts so I enjoyed imagining them in the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18324)
    Performance
    (12461)
    Story
    (12358)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "An epic love story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I have read the books and decided to listen to them owing to the sheer weight and substance of the later sequels. I love epic stories that have continuity and an ongoing story the spans decades and generations. That is what this is. Gabaldon has such creative verbage and unusual similes that kept me interested and never got boring, even in the minutiae that she creates with her stories and weaves with her words. The detail that describes the scenery, the events, and the history woven into her fiction is spellbinding and extremely fascinating. I feel that I know these characters intimately.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love historical fiction that convinces the reader that it is all true, even the fictional part. Gabaldon makes the story believable in all its detail. She creates characters that are human and fallible, who have breached all the bounds of love and found strength in their frailties. This is essentially an historical recounting of the hard fought life in Scotland, the immigration and settling of families into the colonies of the New World, but the foundation is built on the love story that begins the saga and keeps the reader interested in the human side of life, the emotional thread that underlies all families and relationships that we can all relate to and that makes strict history bearable and interesting. We meet the two lovers at the beginning and eventually follow them into their twilight years, well past the constraints of this novel into 6 more books that I can't wait to begin as soon as I am finished with the last.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter is unwavering in her ability to not only read and enunciate the many accents that are represented in this saga, but also act out all the parts with such great emotion that it is as if you are sitting in front of a stage full of actors with your eyes closed. You can hear the emotion in her voice and then imagine it on the character's face as if s/he were standing in front of you. She speaks with a native British tongue, has a wonderful Scottish brogue, makes the Cockney London accent sound completely convincing, and her french accent is so believable. I knew all the characters instantly as she recreated them verbally for me.


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

    I am constantly chuckling out loud to myself at the antics created in the story. There are some really emotionally difficult scenes that depict the truth of living during the era of the middle 1700's. Gabaldon has a knack for creating a love scene in the middle of this crude way of living that makes you want to go back and live there for all its hardships. Her descriptions of the scenery create the smells, the sounds, the climates so real that its hard to imagine that this is not strictly nonfiction, but historical fiction that is being read. It does what a great book always does, it makes me believe it is real.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're not prepared to want to read all of the books that follow this one don't even start this one. You will get so drawn in you won't be able to stop. This book is addictive and this narrator makes it even more so!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5895)
    Performance
    (3811)
    Story
    (3825)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Sweet, poignant, and touching"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a dog lover this book will give you an added dimension to the love you hold for the animal. Smart, funny, and sensitive, it's a story that stimulates the imagination to wonder whether our faithful animals could really hold an opinion we have no idea of. This book is a mixture of spiritual and emotional insights into the human condition only a dog could notice. I loved the journey from beginning to end that we all take, as dog owners, with our beloved companions. And we get the wonderful surprise of an ending we don't expect. Always fun. Even if you're not a dog lover this book holds a unique perspective into the inner workings of the human mind, and the human heart, as told by the canine, our most loyal companion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the personal insights made by the story-teller, Enzo, that were his own personal insights but that mirrored what goes on inside the human psyche. Some real and true observations are couched inside the dog's mind.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am a woman so I liked the make voice since this is a male dog. I wouldn't have had that perspective if I had read the book instead of listened to it. His delivery was seamless and genuine and believable as the dog Enzo.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infernals: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is his eyesight so poor that he mistakenly asks out a letter box on a date, but an angry demon is seeking revenge for Samuel’s part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. It wants to get its claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, the home of the Infernals, it gets its chance.

    mdk says: "OK"
    "good kids story that adults would also enjoy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Because my friends also have kids.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Simple, sweet with a little drama, the kid learns his strengths and relationships are formed because of this.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is great with accents.


    Any additional comments?

    This is similar to the Harry Potter series in that it's a kid's story that adults will also enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.