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Chris

Mount Dora, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Hiding in the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    Accident victim Faith Parker has done what her doctors feared she never would: awakened from the coma that held her prisoner for weeks. But she has no memory of the crash that nearly killed her - or the life that led up to it. Nor does she remember journalist Dinah Leighton, the steadfast friend who visited her in the hospital...until she disappeared without a trace.

    Chris says: "Good performance"
    "Good performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Had forgotten the fun of a Kay Hooper novel. Flights of fancy to enjoy on morning walks. Alyssa Bresnahan's voice is mesmerizing. I have listened to many of her narrations and have yet to be disappointed.
    I enjoy Hooper's plots and well drawn characters. The ending is a bit predictable - she has done better. Fun nevertheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chalk Girl: A Mallory Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (292)

    New York Times best-selling author Carol O’Connell has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. In The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—with her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the girl, Mallory takes the case. But her investigation soon leads to a trail of murder and blackmail spanning 15 years.

    shopper from Playa del Rey says: "More, More, More!"
    "Like O'Connell, love Rosenblat."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    More times than not I select books by my favorite authors. But for me, the narrator makes or break the listening experience. Ms Rosenblat is one of my favorites. Her performance brings all the characters to life. The story line is wonderfully O'Connell - quirky, compassionate, humorous and yet deadly serious. Won't give away the plot. Suffice it to say, an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1277)
    Story
    (1269)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Another winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Guidall is the Sheriff. His narrations capture the humor as well as the essence of all the characters. Not Mr Johnson's best plot but I do look forward to the (hopefully) clashing of LoLo and Vic. Nice intro to another flawed yet very human character. Awaiting the next episode. I enjoy these characters and marvel at Guidall's performances.
    Definitely worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3188)
    Performance
    (2601)
    Story
    (2570)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Narrator kills this one"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I have read and listened to many Connelly novels, having enjoyed most. However, Mr Cariou's narration of The Drop failed to keep my attention. Could never tell if he was speaking for a character or reading 'filler'. Disappointing listening experience. Wasted a credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Katherine Webb
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    In the bitter winter of 2009, following the death of their grandmother, Erica Calcott and her sister Beth return to Storton Manor, a grand and imposing Wiltshire house where they spent their summer holidays as children. When Erica begins to sort through her grandmother's belongings, she is flooded with memories of her childhood - and of her cousin, Henry, whose disappearance from the manor tore the family apart. Erica sets out to discover what happened to Henry.

    Chris says: "Tedious"
    "Tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am battling every second of this book. Have progressed to part 2 where an inkling of what may have transpired is just coming to light. The narrator occasionally confuses which character she is relating but overall gives a good narration. The author's time changes are a bit difficult to follow. This is not a "casual" listening book. Hoping the ending is more satisfying than part 1.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (871)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "First but not last"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Initial introduction to both author and narrator. Excellent narration captures the essence of the main character, perfectly conveying the humor deftly intertwined with his sense of cold, calculating revenge. I will be back for more of Hill/Keeble. Definitely worth the listening time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hearing: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    The call comes at midnight. It looks like a tragic and petty murder - a rising star in San Francisco's legal firmament found shot in a dark alley. But for homicide lieutenant Abe Glitsky, the crime cuts horribly close to home - unknown to anyone, the victim was his daughter. Seething, Glitsky leans hard on his only suspect - a homeless heroin addict found lingering over his daughter's body, with her jewelry in his pocket and a smoking gun in his hand.

    lindablue says: "THE HEARING"
    "Poorly narrated"
    Overall

    Purchased this recording as part of a "buy 2, get 1 free" offering. I'm relegating this book to the free category. Would not have wanted to pay for this bungled narration. Robert Lawrence cannot seem to grasp the length of a given sentence. Unable to endure more than a few chapters. Will not listen to any other recording by this narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2484)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1197)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "A Dangerous Fortune"
    Overall

    If it weren't for Simon Prebble(deserving of 5 stars), my rating would have been no stars. How this book came to be listed as "historical thriller" escapes me. Period piece, yes - thriller, no! Highly dysfunctional characters abound. Found myself caring not a wit as to their ultimate ends. Ceased listening following the first section of the download. Absolute waste of time and money.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (882)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "HEART WRENCHING AND MADDENING"
    Overall

    Mr Cullen's account of Columbine is a scathing indictment of the media as well as the ineptness and arrogance of Jeffco law enforcement.
    Reliving the tragedy through Don Leslie's excellent narration, brings tears to one's eyes and inflames one sense of justice.
    Ten years later, the listener is transported to that terrible April day gaining understanding along the way.
    Delving deeply into the antagonists lives clearly conveys the true nature of these two individuals and the irreparable, long lasting harm their acts exacted.
    Unfortunately, the horror of that incident has done nothing to mitigate mindless slaughter in this country.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (730)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "The Neighbor"
    Overall

    Wow, what an ending. Enjoyed the three narrators. Each reflected a good sense of character(s). Especially the arrogance of the single focus police. This is one of Gardner's better efforts.
    Download it - it's more than worth it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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