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Linda Hensens

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North Carolina, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2858)
    Performance
    (2453)
    Story
    (2465)

    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 Killing Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (221)

    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
    (2109)
    Performance
    (1773)
    Story
    (1784)

    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
    (496)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (293)

    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
    (3923)
    Performance
    (3344)
    Story
    (3341)

    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.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "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
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34232)
    Performance
    (25387)
    Story
    (25732)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Tamer than the other 2, but still gory and bloody!"
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    I wish that I would have not listened to the hype about this trilogy.I wish that I could erase the fact that I read/listened to them at all. I wish that I never bought them at all.

    Hunger Games was the tamest of the three, but all of them detailed starvation, deranged so-called "leaders" who were just plain SICK in all ways imaginable. This book and the trilogy in general just left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. That the Hunger Games was filmed in my state just made it all that much worse. It has been a really long time since a work of fiction has made me feel so much rage for the characters. I felt rage at the injustices thrown at them, the abuse heaped upon them, and the games that these kids were subjected to. **Sigh** How it was classified as a children's book totally astounds me. Do NOT read this book if you have ever suffered any sort of abuse in your life, as triggers are written all through the 3 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28972)
    Performance
    (22181)
    Story
    (22326)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Gory, bloody, SICK! Skip if you can.."
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    I wish that I would have not listened to the hype about this trilogy.I wish that I could erase the fact that I read/listened to them at all. I wish that I never bought them at all.

    Hunger Games was the tamest of the three, but all of them detailed starvation, deranged so-called "leaders" who were just plain SICK in all ways imaginable. This book and the trilogy in general just left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. That the Hunger Games was filmed in my state just made it all that much worse. It has been a really long time since a work of fiction has made me feel so much rage for the characters. I felt rage at the injustices thrown at them, the abuse heaped upon them, and the games that these kids were subjected to. **Sigh** How it was classified as a children's book totally astounds me. Do NOT read this book if you have ever suffered any sort of abuse in your life, as triggers are written all through the 3 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26450)
    Performance
    (20359)
    Story
    (20547)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "A children's book? REALLY? NOT!!"
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    I wish that I would have not listened to the hype about this trilogy.I wish that I could erase the fact that I read/listened to them at all. I wish that I never bought them at all.

    Hunger Games was the tamest of the three, but all of them detailed starvation, deranged so-called "leaders" who were just plain SICK in all ways imaginable. This book and the trilogy in general just left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. That the Hunger Games was filmed in my state just made it all that much worse. It has been a really long time since a work of fiction has made me feel so much rage for the characters. I felt rage at the injustices thrown at them, the abuse heaped upon them, and the games that these kids were subjected to. **Sigh** How it was classified as a children's book totally astounds me. Do NOT read this book if you have ever suffered any sort of abuse in your life, as triggers are written all through the 3 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (996)

    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!!!"
    "Gory, bloody, not for the faint at heart.."
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    This book is definitely not for the faint of heart nor is it for people with weak stomachs who may hurl easily. It is extremely gory in terms of the general storyline. Lots of body dismemberment, killing, torture, blood, and guts throughout.

    The story is about this woman, Rachael, who flees with her 2 children, Claire and Sue, and in so doing she violates the agreed upon custody agreement with her ex-husband. She does this for very good reason, but you don't find out why until the book is in the 2nd part of the audio. He, Richard Coulter, has a ton of money, and he opts to spend same to find her. He hires 2 different types of thugs, one from Ireland, Killian, and 1 from Russia, Ivan Marcof. Marcof is the professional assassin. Killian has been an enforcer/tinker/thief/Pavey/general Irish thug but he doesn't like killing. He has a heart. You can't help rooting for him, but Ivan outsmarts him every time. There is a 500,000 purse to be given to the one that brings Rachel and his kids back to him. He could give a rip about Rachael, but he claims to love his girls. He puts a price on Rachael's head, which Marcof gladly takes to task.

    There is a lot of blood shed, murder, and very chilling descriptions of all of them throughout the book The gore is interspersed with the woman and her children running from the ex-husband and how she manages to get her children fed. However, I really couldn't give the book a 5-star recommendation because of how gory it is, as well as how badly the character development is written. You just don't know how the character's came to be enough to justify wanting to listen to all of the blood and guts being spewed from every corner of Ireland. I am almost at the end of this book, and I have to say I thought it was going to be a LOT better in terms of the storyline than it was. The description does not really capture what the contents in this book are all about. I can't say don't get it, but I can warn you about weak stomachs and hurling..

    Oh, the guy that does the audio is brilliant. I love his authentic Irish brogue. He tends to do the Russian guy well, too. I would listen to more books that he reads. Even his women's voices aren't half bad, and men usually cannot do a woman's voice justice at all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2235)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1863)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "OMG! Her best DD Warren book yet!"
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    This book is hands down her best DD Warren book yet! The whole time I was listening, I just knew who the killer was by the content.. but when it was all said and done.. I was wrong.. You will be, too! This book had one the best twists I have ever read or heard, and given that all of Lisa Gardner's books have the ability to send chills down your spine.. this one was SO FAR above her usual creepiness and pure terror. "Hello, have we met yet? Don't worry, we will. My name is.."

    PHENOMENAL READ!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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