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Linda Hensens

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North Carolina, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3980)
    Performance
    (3447)
    Story
    (3465)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "One of Kate's best!"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    Yes, I would. The story kept me interested from about the middle of the 1st chapter, and as it progressed the interest stayed with me. I love a good story, and the narrator has such a lovely voice.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    The 1st book that I listened to by Kate Morton was The Forgotten Garden. That one also kept my interest throughout the whole book. Kate spins a lovely long story..and that is one of the things that I look for when deciding how to use my credit each month.

    If I had to compare this story to another one from a different author, then I would compare it to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander but only because of the story line and the narrator. Both books are radically different because Gabaldon weaves a story of time travel. This book has the main character remembering tragic events in her childhood and trying to piece what actually happened together with what she thinks she remembers.

    Outlander is not a mystery or thriller. The Secret Keeper could be classified as a mystery or thriller, simply because of the way that the author goes back and forth from present day to Laurel's memories from long ago. She also writes about the mother's history as well, and that brings the whole story together quite nicely by the end of it.

    The reader will NEVER guess the ending though. It isn't revealed until the last part, and when I heard it I was totally floored!


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

    I just love how she narrates and how she changes her voices to accurately reflect a male vs. female voice. She also has different voices for each character that brings that character to life in my mind.

    I fell in love with audio books several years ago because for me it felt like my mom was reading a story to me when I was a child before I learned to read myself. Listening to a story brings something fresh to the content that would otherwise be absent in the printed version.

    I only read printed books or E-books now if I am reading a nonfiction book or doing a work book or exercise type of book where I need to be able to write answers to questions down. I have often not read a printed book because there is no audio book version available.

    Having said that, I do wish that Audible would do something about their policy that stops us from being able to make MP3 copies of the books that we buy. Now that Audible is part of Amazon, we should be able to burn MP3 copies of the books we pay for if that is what we want to do. We buy the books, the publisher's get their money, Audible gets paid, and the author's get paid. It should not matter to any of the above how we choose to listen to our books once we buy them. I would far prefer to burn an Audible book onto 1 or 2 CDs rather than having to burn them on 30 or more CDs in the case of one of Gabaldon's books. It is a waste of CDs to have to do that.


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

    I laughed, cried, screamed, sucked my breath in at parts, felt the anguish Laurel felt, and cheered for the characters. That says that this book is a great read. Anytime I feel all of this when listening to a book puts it on my 2nd, 3rd, or 4th listen list.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book! It picks up quickly and takes you on a ride through time that I think you will enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Game

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (367)

    When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Great Surprise"
    "Great read!!"
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    This was a great read and thrill ride to the finish! The narrator was very believable and even his female voices as well as the child's voice was very good. I am glad I used my credit for this book. I really like Greg Iles!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Are My Weakness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (339)

    He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

    C. Macduff says: "Not SEP's best work"
    "Absolutely fabulous!"
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    I loved the puppets! The narrator is wonderful with all of the voices she had to create. This book is true SEP! Great read for my credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Though Not Dead: A Kate Shugak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (167)

    The residents of Alaska’s largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, 87-year-old Old Sam Dementieff…Even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the “father” of all of the Park rats—even though he had no children of his own—was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he’s left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to, “find my father.”

    Aryn says: "Wow"
    "Very good book!"
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    I really liked this book. So much so that I want to read the whole series now. This was book 20, so I have a ways to go. Yet, I think I will enjoy all of them. Great way to use my credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of My Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Hallie Rubenhold
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Set during a period of revolution and turmoil, Mistress of My Fate is the first audiobook in a trilogy about Henrietta Lightfoot, a young woman who was abandoned as a baby and raised alongside her cousins, noble children of a lord and lady. At just 16 years old, circumstance and a passionate love affair tear Henrietta away from everything she knows, leading to a new life fending for herself on the streets of 18th century London as a courtesan, gambler, and spirited intellect of the city.

    Linda Hensens says: "Very boring book!"
    "Very boring book!"
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    I wish I would not have wasted my credit for this book. I have had to suffer through it and it puts me to sleep. Don't waste your credit for this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4776)
    Performance
    (4262)
    Story
    (4263)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "I LOVE this book!!"
    Overall

    It met our expectations on all fronts. Maggie is an exceptional German Shepherd dog and the part she plays in Suspect just makes the book. She reminds me of my own GSD, Chewi, who passed last year. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (278)

    A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough.

    Mina Brown says: "Captivating--it hooks you!"
    "Creepy read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Killing Hour to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for sure! Anytime someone reads to me, the story and the characters take on a new life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kimberly Quincy. I really like her tenacity, resolve, and determination. She plays hard, works hard, and the budding relationship she is building with Mack is really cool!


    Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

    Mack.


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

    Both emotions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2522)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2132)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "OMG! What can I say about this incredible book?"
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    What did you love best about Touch & Go?

    The thrill of it, the taste of it, (figuratively speaking), how it grips you by the throat and you never see the ending coming..


    What other book might you compare Touch & Go to and why?

    Keeping with this author, I would compare it to Catch Me or The Neighbor. Same reasons as above. This author has always written a gripping story, even in her very early days. Recently, within the last 6 years or so the tension has mounted from the 1st page. I could not put this book down long enough to get anything substantial done!


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    She has an authentic Bostonian accent. I have friends that live in this part of the US, and her voice sounded SO much like they do when I speak to them on the phone or see them in a visit. In Love You More, the narrators didn't have the authenticity that this narrator does. I look forward to seeing what other books she has narrated.


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

    Pain has a flavor...


    Any additional comments?

    If you have been sitting on the fence wondering whether or not to use your credit to buy this book, waste no more time! You won't be disappointed.

    I can usually figure out who the perp is in most of the thrillers that I read. I usually get it right, even in some of Gardner's earlier works. In this one and in Catch Me, I guessed who it was probably 7 times at different places in each book, and I had it wrong every time.

    I finished listening to it last night, 2/13/13, and I didn't know who the mastermind was until she revealed it. I have to say that it didn't shock me, but then I am very familiar with this author and her hooks that make you want to read her work over and over.

    This book will hook you in the prologue.. and keep you hooked and entertained for hours! My only regret is that I have to wait until this time 2014 to read another book by Lisa Gardner..

    Unless of course I cycle back through the books that I have.. Hmmm..

    Now, THAT is an idea! It has been long enough that I may not remember who the perps are..

    Say Goodbye, anyone?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Backseat Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (339)

    Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

    J. E. JONES says: "Loved this audio!"
    "This book has potential but lacks something too"
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    I read the reviews of other readers before I purchased several of Joshilyn Jackson's books, and I purchased this one because it had some great reviews. My mistake.

    I was on the edge of my seat during the 1st part of it. When she ran away from Texas on the search for the gypsy, I thought that it was really going to turn out good. However, I was wrong. It just left this reader wanting more. The way that it ended was just wrong. I wanted to see her actually develop a relationship with the characters towards the end of the book. I wanted to see her finally have a relationship with the mother that didn't raise her. I wanted to see forgiveness for several family members that she refused to give. I wanted her to find a really good man who treated her good, spoiled her, didn't always accuse her of things that she wasn't guilty of.. One who would love her until the end of time.. There was the possibility of such with the landlord, but this wasn't ever explored enough to satisfy this longing for her. She needed to explore things with him so much deeper than the author wrote about. There was just a lot left hanging, perhaps for a new book.. I don't know.

    To sum it up, Rose Mae Lolly just has a lot of anger in her soul that she refuses to let go of. Anger can be a good thing in some cases, but in this one she had so much potential, and the author just ends the book in such a way that you know she will always be angry and unfulfilled. I was disappointed in this book by the end of it. Unfortunately, I purchased several of her books at the same time, and I have had some trouble getting through "A Grown Up Kind of Pretty," but that is another review for another day.

    The book would probably have been a bit better if another narrator was chosen for it. The author doesn't lend anything to the reading. She doesn't change her voice for male voices, and all of the women have some variance of the same voice for Rose Mae. She really should have let the narrators at the publishing house read the book. I think it would have been a bit more exciting and edgy if she did.

    I won't say that the book isn't worth your credit. The content is decent. It is just slow in parts and plain boring in others. I think it could have been way more exciting given the excerpt that lures one into buying it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4779)
    Performance
    (4082)
    Story
    (4085)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Interesting but it also lacks something"
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    I read a snippet of this book on my mom's NOOK, and I came over here to buy the book on Audible because of that little snippet. I thought it would be good; however, it sorely lacks something. I don't know if it was the narrator or the content, and it may even be the story line itself. The author jumps back and forth from the court room to Jake's room or from the court room to the coffee shop. He doesn't indicate where Andy, the father is, until Andy says "Witness... Blah, blah, blah" or "Mr. Lejudice.. Blah, blah, blah." You really have to pay close attention throughout this story. The characters don't seem to mesh with each other, and there are a few times when you might just want to hurl at some of the character development for Jake. Without giving away too much, it would appear that the Barbour family have a historical gene throughout their lineage that the author dubs the "murder gene" and Jake, Andy, Andy's father, and his grandfather all have this gene, which makes it far more possible that they will kill someone than not. Jake is only 14, but he has a mean streak in him a mile wide, and he hurts innocent animals, etc. Just plain creepy is what it was. Made me want to hurl when I heard it, and then to have to hear it several times more was really hard to get through. Every time the author wrote in an animal crying or screaming in pain, the first thing one thinks of after this is where is Jake..

    I can't say that I would recommend this book to anyone that is faint of heart or who has trouble following a book all over the place. The content could have been formatted better, arranged better, and quite possibly written a lot better. The ending is just horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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