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Carolyn

Palm Harbor, FL, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Alex Cross's TRIAL

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (181)

    From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

    Carolyn says: "In a word ... miserable"
    "In a word ... miserable"
    Overall

    Generally. I'm not given to writing negative reviews, if I don't like a book ... I figure I've already wasted enough of my time ... but this book has driven me to make an exception. I gave up reading Patterson when his writing started feeling more an exercise in prolific banality than creative genius. I really enjoyed his early work and especially the character, Alex Cross. One more chance I thought ... this is Alex Cross. All I can say is I wish I had my ten bucks back, this was miserable. Patterson cares more about the commercial buck than his writng craft. Too bad he sold himself down such a cheap river.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (180)

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "When too much is ... TOO MUCH!!"
    Overall

    I think John Hart has a lot of talent ... but ever see a writer try too hard? Ever do it yourself? Usually, it spells disaster. John Hart overkills on the adjectives, enough that I wanted to scream at times. Will I read another of his books? Absolutely! Like I said, I think he has great talent ... but this book's verbose narrative made me feel like fingernails scraping the chalkboard. Enough said.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (287)

    Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

    Corinne says: "Well-researched, sensitive and a good story"
    "Powerful... with a theme that haunts"
    Overall

    I was overjoyed when Audible included author Greg Iles. It's such a personal charge to find an author so compelling, so gifted that I go searching the web for more information about what makes them tick, who they are as individuals. Greg Iles is such an author! Blood Memory takes incest and weaves a story with a sledge hammer kind of nuance - I promise you won't forget it!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Pegasus Descending

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (283)

    A troubled young woman breezes into Detective Robicheaux's hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of his friend: a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

    Deborah says: "Breathtaking"
    "Great Action & Realistic Characters"
    Overall

    I followed up on the advice of other reviewers and read James Burke. This is my second book and I have not been disappointed. Burke's character development is multi faceted, real ... in a word, superb. Will Patton as the reader is perfect. Burke's insight into the New Orleans pre and post Katrina is captivating ... you can see, feel and actually almost smell the atmosphere. If you've ever been to New Orleans ...to Louisiana and the South, you'll get a kick out of Burke and his Dave Rabichaux character. Great action ... great characters ... a satisfying book expereince.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    • Narrated By Lily LoBianco, Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Dr. Laura asserts that in order to produce and sustain a wonderfully satisfying marriage, spouses must recognize and appreciate the polarity between masculine and feminine. Both husband and wife have power in the relationship, and each needs to realize this in order to ensure personal satisfaction.

    Anthony says: "Save your Life"
    "Dribble is Dribble ..."
    Overall

    I find Dr. Laura more caustic than helpful. She seems inordinately anti feminist - which after awhile gets wearisome. I was surprised she didn't try to blame the feminist movement for the Iraq war. After listening to this book I felt like I needed to take a shower. While the whole far right v far left discourse misses the mark for most Americans, I can see how Dr. Laura could be the darling of the 'barefoot and keep 'em pregnant bunch'. However, she is no less insulting or objectionable than those on the far left who bash all men. What Dr. Laura is ... is a first class marketeer - she's found her niche. Nothing original or thought provoking here.

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2665)
    Performance
    (1495)
    Story
    (1494)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "I Learned Something!!"
    Overall

    Found this book on sale and was in the mood for some 'self-help' inspiration. This book actually provided some thoughtful inspiration ... a different perspective on the way we love. I liked it. Be aware that there is a religious undertone (Christian)- not offensive, but it is a presence. All in all I think this book is well worth the reading. Liked that the principles could be applied in any love relationship , not just for couples but for families and children as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Bitch Guide to Men, Relationships, Dating, Etc.

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hilts
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Your inner bitch is that integral, powerful part of you that is going unrecognized, especially when you're falling in love. It's time to let her out. Looking for romance? Let your Inner Bitch be the guide.

    Joan says: "Great For A Girls Road Trip"
    "Nothing New. Waste of Time and Money"
    Overall

    This is not worth the time to listen much less the money. The author tries to be 'cute' with humor that is at best trite. What was I thinking when I bought this??? My only salvation is that it was on sale when I bought it.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (442)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "Entertaining! Intelligent! Fun!"
    Overall

    Good suspense laced with humor. What a deal!!Thoroughly enjoyed this download. Kept me intrigued with its well developed plot and laughing with its excellent characterizations. Came away feeling like I knew the characters as real people. If you like suspense, you won't be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Chris Mooney
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Darby McCormick had known Melanie Cruz and Stacey Stephens forever. Best friends since childhood, the threesome had survived high school together. But one night in the woods, drinking beers to celebrate Melanie's 16th birthday, the three unsuspecting teenagers witnessed the grisly murder of a woman. Darby and her friends fled the scene, but they left behind a clue to their whereabouts, which only simplified the killer's revenge. It didn't take long to find them. This time, only Darby survived.

    Eric says: "Well Written, Well Read"
    "Pins and Needles All the Way!"
    Overall

    I like looking to see what books others have enjoyed - nothing's worse than buying a book that makes you want to throw it through the window. This book is a great case for reading reviews. Like others, I found Missing to be 100% entertaining. The characters are multi faceted and the suspense frequently bone chilling. Kept me absorbed from beginning to end. The ending was an unexpected and absorbing surprise. If you like suspense this is definitely worth the time ... and the money.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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