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wendla

Physician and busy mom of three in Northern California.

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  • Cujo

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    A cute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic.

    Rachel says: "Great story, wrong narrator"
    "Tension building classic Stephen King"
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    Where does Cujo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    Slow build. A bit talky at times but so classic King. So many details required to result in the tragic and terrible conclusion


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Probably Cujo


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

    Yes. It is sickening, sad, tragic twisted. All King's standard stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like King, you gotta read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1479)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    adrienne says: "Trouble always finds him!"
    "Really bad narration and writing not up to standar"
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    First of all the narration was awful. However I could look past that if the writing was good. I am a big fan of Lee Child but this writing was so juvenile I could not finish the book. The story was going along ok but use of way overused phrases like "mind like a steel trap" mad the book boring. In addition I found the reduction of female characters to nothing more than male fantasy figures really annoying. Essentially they were described as the equivalent to stereotypical male fantasy figures that might be found in a porn movie: brilliant/beautiful Harvard/Yale educated 26 year old FBI agent who says really dumb things in the midst of a kidnapping like: "hold me" "kiss me, it makes me feel better" . Yikes!

    I could not finish the book. Too bad. Since I have red other Lee Child (Reacher) books, written after he matured I am assuming this trash is just secondary to immaturity and possibly really bad editing. I will move on.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated & Entranced

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (839)

    His interest in her was purely professional...or so he told himself. Nash Kirkland had sought out Morgana Donovan, self-proclaimed witch, to help him research his latest screenplay. The hardheaded skeptic didn't believe for a minute she was what she professed to be, but Nash somehow found himself falling under her bewitching spell. Nash had never trusted his feelings. How could he be sure the irresistible passion he felt was real and not just some conjurer's trick?

    Amazon Customer says: "Please get the sequel here at Audible!"
    "inane"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You would have to be unbelievably stupid to like this book. Of course I have never liked romantic fiction of the soap opera variety so who knows.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I just read Matterhorn (the Vietnam war novel) and then another old Stephen King and maybe now I will look for another Patterson. Not sure.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was so sappy and stupid I have no idea. But the material was worthless so the poor performer had nothing to work with


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Captivated & Entranced?

    The whole plot was geared around describing how beautiful and perfect these characters were and clearly building some type of tension betweem them. It was soooo unrealistic it never worked. Harlequin Romance probably does a better job


    Any additional comments?

    What can I say?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (971)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Fascinating Story"
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    Would you listen to Falling Glass again? Why?

    Probably not. I never listen to books or read books twice.


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

    Absolutely


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    First rate. He is one of my favorite narrators. Captures the subtle differences in Irish accents without overdoing the drama.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Adrian McKinty. His books can be gritty and certainly "R" rated but they are worth the read just about every time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Frost: A Kurt and Linda Wallander Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend, Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared.

    Anthony says: "Worst Narration Style EVER"
    "Wonderful author"
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    If you could sum up Before the Frost in three words, what would they be?

    Mankell is one of my favorite authors both for his terrific stories and his beautiful writing. Having read just about all his books, Before the Frost is particularly enjoyable.


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

    All Mankell's books are thought provoking. He tends to have a clear agenda (very liberal) behind his writing but he also tends to focus on very important topics.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (573)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Jaimie says: "A good book and narration"
    "I cannot even listen to this."
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    What disappointed you about Needful Things?

    I love Stephen King's books but honestly his narration is so awful I cannot even listen to this. I can't fairly evaluate the story or give an overall because I have not listened to the whole thing. I am guessing that is great. will read the book in paper form or ebook and get back on that.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Change the narrator!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Unfortunately a good narration requires a beautiful voice and lots of acting, neither of which are talents of King's. He remains, however, one of my favorite writers.


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

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Please please please do it again with a new narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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