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Lupo

Atlanta, GA | Member Since 2001

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  • 57 reviews
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  • It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Breakup Buddy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Greg Behrendt, Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (410)

    There's no doubt about it, breakups suck. But in the first few hours or days or weeks that follow, there's one important truth you need to recognize: Some things can't and shouldn't be fixed, especially that loser who dumped you or forced you to dump him.

    Kate White says: "Okay"
    "Can't believe this is the same author..."
    Overall

    It's amazing to me that this book was written by the same author as "He's Just Not That Into You." While I really enjoyed the first book, I think this book was full of fluff and very little substance. Maybe Liz was the mastermind behind the original message. I just wasn't into this one.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuban Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4112)
    Performance
    (3823)
    Story
    (3797)

    Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life. At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the army as an infantry officer, with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life....

    Virgil says: "Fun read with a continuous build, ok finish"
    "My favorite author and narrator"
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    Those who choose to read this book are missing out on an amazing performance. When I search for audiobooks, I look for Nelson DeMille and Scott Brick as the narrator. I’m very happy to get them together in DeMille’s works of art. The story is timely and the descriptions make you feel as if you’re right there in Cuba. While, I would have hoped for a different ending, I was more than satisfied. While DeMille

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Wanda Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (505)

    "My name is different every month: Brandy, Honey, Amy. Sometimes Joe doesn't even bother to ask, but he never fails to arouse me with his body, his mouth, his touch, no matter what I'm called or where he picks me up. The sex is always amazing....My real name is Sadie, and once a month, over lunch, Joe tells me about his latest conquest. But what Joe doesn't know is that, in my mind, I'm the star of every one-night stand he has revealed to me, or that I'm practically obsessed with our imaginary sex life."

    S. Ayrish says: "Megan Hart is Amazing"
    "One of the Best I've Listened To..."
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    I'm a typical mystery lover and not much of a romance fan. I purchased this book 9 years ago and never listened to it. Recently, I decided to go back to books I'd purchased and never listened to... hence my listening to Broken. From the start, I was glued to this story. Yes, there is a lot of steamy and graphic sex; but there was a very tender and beautifully crafted story underneath. Most importantly, Wanda Fontaine as the narrator was the best I've ever listened to. She was amazing and did such a great job bringing the story and characters to life. When you listen to audiobooks, the narrator is critical. I'd give her an Oscar for audiobook narrations. I can honestly rate this book as one of the best I've listened to and one I will remember for a long time, if not forever. Megan Hart is a very talented author. I'm eager now to work through her other novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starry Night: A Christmas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega best-selling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives. Digging deep into Finn's past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts.

    Sandra says: "Brings me back"
    "Sweet Book but Very Poor Narration"
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    Where does Starry Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm typically a mystery reader but enjoy diverging to a holiday romance the month before Christmas. While I enjoyed the story, I still prefer a good mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Starry Night?

    When Finn showed up in Chicago to visit Carrie.


    What three words best describe Rebecca Lowman’s voice?

    Gratingly slow narrator. The narrator spoke so slowly, I felt like she was reading to a kindergartner. Her narration definitely detracted from the story. I focused on how much I disliked her rather than the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Starry Night and why?

    Carrie, the heroine. She was a good person.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good, light story, but I wished I would have read the book instead of listened to it from this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Violent Crimes: An Amanda Jaffe Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    Dale Masterson, a wealthy lawyer who has built a career representing coal and oil companies, has enemies—including his own son, Brandon, a fanatical eco-warrior who despises everything his father stands for. When Dale is found beaten to death, Brandon is spotted fleeing the scene. He confesses to the murder, proclaiming it an act of revenge against his father's controversial clients. Veteran attorney Amanda Jaffe is hired to represent him, but what seems like an open-and-shut case quickly begins to unravel.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "Short and bad narration"
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    What did you love best about Violent Crimes?

    I really like Phillip Margolin and have been a fan for 20+ years. He's an excellent writer.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Phillip Margolin? Why or why not?

    Yes, based on his previous books.


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

    When I read an audiobook, I want the narrator to be unobtrusive. I want him/her to blend with the content so I can focus on the story. In this book, I kept focusing on the narrator. It wasn't that she was horrible, but she kept whispering, and her timing was very slow. The book was already short. If she had read at a normal pace, it probably would have been 3 hours in length.


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

    It didn't have enough substance to be a film.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I've listened to where I was surprised when the ending credits hit. I thought, "you're kidding. It's over???" I was not pleased with the amount of content. I've read all of Margolin's other books and this one felt like it was written by someone else.

    However, my dad read the book and loved it; so perhaps it was the narration that irritated me the most.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty Baby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3860)
    Performance
    (3537)
    Story
    (3531)

    Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mundane"
    "Could have been great"
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    Overall, this novel was good and the story unique. I was engaged for most of the book. However, the ending was terrible. It's like it was written by a completely different author. It's not a book that I would recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (289)

    No. 7 Ocean Drive is a multimillion-dollar beachfront house in the Hamptons, but its beautiful exterior hides a horrific past. This house was the setting for a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty and rumoured to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance. Detective Jenna Murphy has moved to the area to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks.

    Bryson A. Lopez says: "Great listen."
    "Strong female heroine"
    Overall
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    This was a very engaging novel with a strong, feisty female heroine. The ending was unexpected and satisfying. The narrators were perfect for the roles. I know a book is good when I'm sad when it's over. That was the case with this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Cold Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3505)
    Performance
    (3120)
    Story
    (3107)

    Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

    April says: "First Tami Hoag book I've had"
    "Another amazing book by Tami Hoag"
    Overall
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    I just LOVE Tami Hoag and really liked this book. There wasn't a lot of suspense but I really bonded with the characters. I felt the only negatives were the need to develop the relationship a bit further between Dana and John and to put an end to the relationship with Roger, her step-father. Overall, the end came quickly, which is a positive testament to my interest in the book. While it's far from my favorite of her novels, it was well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128372)
    Performance
    (113274)
    Story
    (113126)

    Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    BookReader says: "The Girl on The Train"
    "Really Depressing"
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    I thought this was a good story and the narrators were very good. However, each time I listened to this book, I became so depressed. I think that's a testament to the author's ability to craft realistic characters, especially the hopelessly hopeless alcoholic Rachel. There were a lot of loose ends that never really got tucked in and the ending just seemed to come out of nowhere. Overall, I'm glad I purchased this but don't think it's at the level that many reviewers placed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Public Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2114)

    Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

    Lisa says: "Long, Dark, Depressing, Boring & Disappointing"
    "Couldn't wait for this book to end"
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    I've read most Nora Roberts books but I honestly think she has pseudo writers who occasionally trash her talent. I was extremely disappointed in this novel. Like other reviewers, I wish I knew when I purchased it that it was an earlier of her novels. I wouldn't have bought it. Overall, the book was way too long, the heroine was weak (sorry, I appreciate the devastation of abuse, but it was out of place here), and there was no romance or chemistry between characters. The only positive for me was the narrator. I think she did a great job, but that was not sufficient to keep my interest.

    I normally listen to audiobooks of this length within 3-5 days, but after a month, I was barely able to get it finished, and that was just because I kept hoping something good would happen. Save your money/credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3298)
    Performance
    (2859)
    Story
    (2849)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Janels says: "Corey and Brenner--it doesn't get any better!"
    "Glad I listened but not my favorite DeMille book"
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    Nelson DeMille is a gifted writer and definitely one of my favorite authors. With Scott Brick my favorite narrator, I was really looking forward to this book. Although I did enjoy it, it was long and I found myself becoming irritated by John Corey's sarcasm. DeMille carried it over-the-edge with this book. Like many other reviewers, I also thought there was too much time spent on describing Yemen, although I did learn a lot - as is usual with DeMille's books. It seemed the end was a bit rushed and I didn't get enough of an opportunity to really hate the Panther like I did with Asad Khalil.

    Overall, I'm just grateful to have had the opportunity to have read/listened to another DeMille book. He's one-of-a-kind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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