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McGeezy

My personal reality exists in the many adventures from Audible

Cincinnati, OH | Member Since 2010

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  • Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    Kill Me brings Alan Gregory face-to-face with the most challenging case of his career. As always, White's characters are indelible and the dialogue is dead-on, but Kill Me is fresh and thought-provoking in a way that's so uncommon in crime fiction.

    Deborah Mele says: "Great Read"
    "Filling out a "Living Will" is terrifying enough.."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Me to be better than the print version?

    I have always preferred the Audible.com audio Edition to Print, if is "Unabridged." However, I wouldn't say 'better.' The advantage to the print Edition, is the ability to continue improving one's reading capabilities and also, the enjoyment of having character voices/identity developed in the imagination.

    Audiobooks take away the, "sit by the fire with a good book." They make us lazy, in everyday reading; yet provide an entertainment outlet, I find more enjoyable than TV. You can listen to an Audiobooks while sleepy, in bed; and fall asleep as it were like someone was reading you a bedtime story. With paper novels, there usually comes a time, when you have to just put the book away; yet you are still stuck with the racing thoughts of the day.

    Finally, Audiobooks create a character's voice, personality, and subtle imaginative identities, that are hard to rid yourself of, if trying to read a paper version afterwards.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Me?

    The very beginning of the book, (not the author notes). The immediate excitement, adrenaline rush, foreshadow, and an understanding of a glimpse into the future of the storyline, is a great way for the book to start. I WAS HOOKED, truly, from the beginning.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    For me - It is obviously the main character. I suppose I remember from H.S. English, the Protagonist of the storyline. The most ironic part of the book; however, is that the Protagonist was his very own Antagonist. However, when push comes to shove; the "villainous 'Company," is actually carrying at the role of Protagonist. I LOVE IT! The infamous, yet seldom seen: "Who should I look at as the good guys?"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book, constantly reminds us of our mortality, and the ever ticking clock. However, to spare my family and friends the suffering and eventual "possibly, slow death;" is selfish, in addition to being stoic. As I said before, a living will, basically takes all decision making out of the hands of our family, and directs the doctors what to do. While this seems like a protective maneuver for your family and friends, from making tough decisions; it also makes them powerless in being there are caring for a loved one. Our clocks tick to fast as they are, nudging the second hand forward, doesn't seem right.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best reads on Audible, thus far. Moves forward at a mind blowing pace, and is well-written. The storyline is developed carefully, as to foreshadow; yet not give away too much before it is time. It is one of those books, written so well by the author; with such free creativity - it makes you realize the sad conclusion: There will never be another book, just like it. I feel as if someone treated me to the best slice of German Chocolate Cake, shredded the only copy of the recipe, and suddenly died.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exclusive

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (349)

    Barrie Travis is a damn good reporter stuck at a low-budget television station when the First Lady calls her—and offers her the opportunity of a lifetime. Stunned by the loss of her infant son, the president’s wife hints he may have been murdered. Barrie sets out to find the truth, fighting for the exclusive story with the help of Gray Bondurant, a mysterious former presidential aide.

    Rurouni says: "Had promise but...."
    ""Exclusive[ly]" the worst book ever!"
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    This seemed to be the only book with promise; until after a few short chapters. Then it became obvious that Sandra Brown likes to write bedtime stories.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Alexandra Gaither is an attorney who finally has the power to get the justice she needs. Twenty-five years before, her mother had died a scandalous death. Alex believes one of three powerful men murdered her. Each is charming, each is a suspect, and each tries to shield her from his past. But not one of them can stop her passionate search for the truth.

    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca says: "Worst book ever"
    ""Best Kept Secrets" are best kept secret..."
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    Unwilling to continue torturing myself, to uncover the "Best Kept Secrets;" I stopped listening after 2 or 3 chapters. Another horrible Sandra Brown title!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Heat in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (351)

    The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a brokenhearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.

    bluebelle says: "Spectacular, Kept me guessing the whole time!"
    ""Slow Heat in Heaven" is a slow read in hell!"
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    This book, as well as the other two Sandra Brown titles I purchased, are horrible. I have never been so bored and easily distracted. Perhaps Sandra Brown is not as great of a writer as made out to be. I hope Audible will allow a refund on these, relatively inexpensive, Kindle Whispersync for Voice add-ons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koko: Blue Rose Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    KOKO. Only four men knew what it meant. Now they must stop it. They are Vietnam vets — a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer. Very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret. Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take them from Washington, D.C., to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York.

    bionichands says: "7 hours in and I am done"
    "I would rather be reading old textbooks..."
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    I honestly tried! Again and again, I would go back a chapter or so and try to pay more attention. Not sure how far I made it, since the narrator seems to be announcing random numbers from the local lotto, at the start of a section: "4 - 22 - 2 - 8 ." What??? The storyline is confusing enough; wait...I am not sure if there is a storyline.

    I couldn't keep track of the character names, the present/past, nor even the gender of the character.

    Unless, you enjoy LONG, painfully narrated stories, with gender neutral character voices, and no easy way to keep track of time (both in reality and in the story); do not buy this title.

    Usually, Peter Straub is a superb writer; I'm not certain if it is one of Stephen King's pen names or a co-writer for certain titles. Either way, this book (the 6 hours I actually heard) is dreadful.

    Mike

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    The List is a technothriller about a group of people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why. One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions. To say more would give away too much.

    Chris says: "Great Listen!"
    "Definitely J.A. Konrath - Just missing Jack et.al."
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    What did you love best about The List?

    "The List" held the excellent, subtle humor, and puns we have all learned to love. J.A. Konrath is a natural when it comes to comic relief...even in the most depraved of human conditions. The plot was imaginative and unique. He provided characters who were fun, annoying, and likeable - all at the same time.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well, after the long climatic portion - the resolution seemed to be a bit rushed. However, I think it may have been necessary to the discovery revealed. That revelation, at the very end of the novel (partly before, if you were paying attention), was excellent. Konrath, actually leaves the reader wanting more by revealing less. I think some authors may have extended the ending to discuss more about the "discovery." This would have left a cliffhanger of some sort ; however, the absolute "NEED TO KNOW," is so much greater through Konrath's method. * I hope that was detailed enough; yet, vague enough, as to not spoil anything.


    What does Benjamin L. Darcie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What a great Narrator! His voice was great for all the parts. He is very talented and refreshing. There is always the "Dick Hill battle," going on. I have nothing against Dick Hill's narrations, except two things: 1. I feel he has been type cast into the character of Jack Reacher. 2. At times, he gives the impression that he is an improv actor, and is purposely acting foolish in his own narration of a character. As if he is making a joke out what the character is saying, and integrating it into his narration.


    So, with all that said...Props to Benjamin L. Darcie. The only thing I noticed, was that Abe seemed to sound African American at times. As if the voices of Roy and Abe, were too similar.


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

    "The List" - A group of people all connected by a mysterious tattooed number. The connection: All part of a lineage of great leaders, inventors, and killers.


    Any additional comments?

    "ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS!?" =)

    J.A. Konrath and Benjamin L. Darcie are brilliant with their reincarnation of "Jack the Ripper." I was not aware of the speech pathology, he was afflicted with. For such a "bad guy," his character was one of my favorites. Great job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just After Sunset: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, Geor
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (404)

    Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

    J says: "King scores another coup"
    "Just after Sunset - I was sleeping."
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, Geor?

    Of course, I will read another Stephen King Book; the other contributors - I have absolutely no idea. I have always been an avid Stephen King reader. Always King or Koontz. However, this book of short stories led me to believe that my ADHD medication wasn't working anymore. There were a few good stories. However, on a whole, I kept having to rewind and listen again...I had gotten side tracked and could not keep up with the story line; frustrating to say the least.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My next listen will probably me a Koontz novel. I try to alternate. However, the story of Attwood Turner Brown? Was that his name? Was awesome!! I really wish King would write or publish another. I don't know if there is just the one short story - Involving the Boy on the Roof, bringing lunch and the entire "Missing Child" Novel; however, if there are more, with him as a bad guy - I'd love to read them!! My favorite, and in my opinion, Stephen King's most SUPERIOR read is "Under the Dome." It had me on a ??? hour Manic listening episode. My goodness. The characters, the narration, the subplots, the "utter desperation" of the story. That book was definitely my Stephen King Favorite to date! I also miss his "Richard Bachman" days of writing. Those are really when he stood out as a unique writer in the Genre! Regulators and Desperation were Classics!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine....okay...Nothing that sticks out as bad nor good. I just was so jilted by the stories themselves; I don't even remember the performances.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The "Cat" story and the "Hitchhiker" were the redeemers of the book. Everything else is just a Jambalaya of stories in my mind; I am not sure which plot was part of the other. I have no idea, what the bike story was about. I listened to it twice. Oh, I can't forget the port-o-san man; of course. That was a classic twisted story - only King could come up with...considering I won't even step foot in one to urinate. Perhaps King cured me of my OCD phobia of them. After, the character's experience - I guess, urinating in one, can't be THAT bad. ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    This is not meant to be a bashing against Stephen King or his creative works. I think the primary reason is the old adage "You can't judge a book by its cover." I thought I was buying a sweet novel, not a compilation of short stories. (You must admit - It would make a good title, graphic artwork, etc... for a Stephen King Winner!) I was just dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2456)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1358)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "Can you say boring? I am beyond regretting this..."
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    What would have made The Last Coyote better?

    A story line, not so convoluted and complicated,


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

    The normal Harry Bosch wasn't there, except for a few scenes. The psychiatrist got better towards the end; however, I just wanted to turn it off. My goodness...she was annoying. The sub-story about the


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Someone who could make the reporter's voice easily recognizable as a male or female. I had no idea if Kim was a last name or first name; however, the voice sounded like a man. So, without going back over the dialogue - I will assume it was a male with the last name of Kim.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Considering the accuracy of the Doctor's Psychoanalytic read and advice to Bosch, I learned a lot about forgetting the past - as reliving the past just continue tearing opening unhealed scabs. Move forward; forward towards hope.


    Any additional comments?

    I live the Bosch series and usually enjoy Connelly's work! Unfortunately, this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10367)
    Performance
    (5271)
    Story
    (5308)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Stephen Kings Best Novel Yet!"
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    Would you listen to Under the Dome again? Why?

    No. Unfortunately, I am a one time movie watcher and one time book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The resident


    What about Raul Esparza’s performance did you like?

    Yes, he was able to portray the various voices and personalities as if there were a room of people, playing roles.


    If you could rename Under the Dome, what would you call it?

    Isolation Unseen


    Any additional comments?

    The work, imagination, development of various side-plots, and the ultimate premise is genius. Best work by Stephen King since

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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