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Sherri

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  • An Accidental Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    James Thicke is a man whose mysterious past runs as deep as his violent streak. He’s channeled the intensity of his soul into twin passions - success as a screenwriter and marriage to movie actress Regina Baptiste. In the midst of filming his latest script, starring Regina and leading man Johnny Bergs, James receives a video of his wife caught in the most compromising of situations.

    Sheba says: "A Great Story and a Great Read!"
    "Not What I expected"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I haven't read Eric Jerome Dickey in a while, but I loved his early books... Couldn't wait for them to come out! So when I saw one with such an interesting title, I decided to try it.

    This book is completely different from any of his work that I have read... Despite the departure from "African American themed" books, that I kind of expected, there is a "darkness" in this particular book that is unfamiliar and it also reads like one of the old detective novels where the gritty detective who has seen everything is not necessarily a likeable hero, but happens to be in the middle of all of the action anyway.

    If you are looking for a lot of sex and a lot of action, it is here... But there isn't necessarily a lot of storyline and no likeable characters, although there are new characters constantly introduced, none of them other than the main character is developed enough that you really understand them at all. And even when you think you understand the main character and his motives, he does things that make no sense.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have developed the characters more and let them have just ONE personality.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was very good.


    Do you think An Accidental Affair needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, a follow-up book would just be more "jumbled passion" that really leads nowhere.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pray the Gay Away: A Southern Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sara York
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing--a man to be his own. When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew's plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

    John Chapman says: "Gay raised in the south & religous homes must read"
    "A bit conflicted on this one..."
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    Whereas this book has a good story line and idea, not to mention a great narrator, it is hard to get to know the characters, due to their constant departures from what we are presented with as their upbringing and personalities throughout the book.

    Jack's character is never fully developed when Andrew enters the story, and although Andrew is given more of a back story than Jack, there is no real explanation for how quickly things develop between the two them, despite their religious upbringing and fear of discovery.

    The characters know essentially nothing about each other, yet decide to make life changing decisions within a week of meeting based on remaining in each other's lives forever.

    The plot remains interesting, though somewhat repetitive at times, and continues to build to a climax. Then suddenly, the book ends without warning or any loose ends being mended.

    I had no idea when I purchased it, that this was supposed to be a series of books and felt somewhat cheated that there was no ending at all and no completed installment that I could purchase right away to satisfy my curiosity.

    I will probably buy the second book, but if it is more of the same - I am done with the series; because I didn't realize I was buying into a series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (752)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Touching Hilarity (I LOVE the word HILARITY!)"
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    The combination of Craig Daniel's writing and Luke Wilson as a narrator truly gave me a sense of knowing what it was like to BE Edward.

    Edward is a good guy who is doing his very best to navigate through his solitary life in a confusing world where he is continually "flummoxed" by his interactions with others; all while attempting to stay on the good side of his very demanding father.

    It takes Edward all of his 39 years and 200-something odd days and an excellent therapist to come to the realization that life could be better with other people involved in it.

    This epiphany (I LOVE the word epiphany!) is gradually arrived at with much sadness and hilarity in equal parts.

    Edward is a very simple man to understand if you are "in his head" where this book and narrator puts you - but it is abundantly clear how someone attempting to interact with him and not in his head might be confused by his actions and directness.

    I can't wait to read the follow-up to see how Edward is doing! I am going to order it now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choir Director

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Marc Damon Johnson, Adam Alexander, Patricia R. Floyd, and others
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (216)

    Carl Weber is a New York Times best-selling author who’s made a name for himself with wildly entertaining works marked by his trademark wit and storytelling panache. In The Choir Director, Bishop T.K. Wilson is banking on dynamic new choir director Anthony Mackie to reverse the failing congregation’s fortunes. But while Anthony’s got more than enough chops to raise a heavenly chorus, he’s also got a weakness for the ladies that could make the Devil himself stand up and take notice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good read, but a little far fetched at times"
    "SNAKES IN THE CHURCH!!!"
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    A work of fiction should always have enough drama to hold your interest, but this book goes above and beyond. I hope to NEVER attend a church with so many over-sexed people with such evil intentions for one another.

    The story line is rather loose, but Weber pulled out his heavy duty super glue and tacked it together anyway and forced it to work.

    I am familiar with Mr. Weber's work and there is always drama involved, but I usually find it entertaining. I was disappointed this time because of all of the overly-manufactured drama to the point that no one, no matter how much of a Christian they appeared to be, was above getting down and dirty.

    Despite not being a fan of the story line, I was impressed with the reader's performances and how they made the book come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I’d Rather Be with You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mary B. Morrison
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Nursing wealthy businessman Chicago DuBois back to health was the least Loretta Lovelace figured she could do. After all, it was her bet that set off Loretta’s stalker - and put Madison’s husband at death’s door. And with Madison out of the country, Loretta couldn’t resist looking after Chicago’s interests and reigniting his passion for life - in and out of bed. But now Madison wants to take back what’s no longer hers, and that’s a mistake Loretta plans to make her regret. With a baby on the way and a family empire to save, Madison knows it’s past time to make some tough decisions.

    Tosha says: "Just Ok. Ameture writing"
    "Subpar and overly-dramatic"
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    I was very disappointed with the writing versus part 1 of the novel. I think that most of the character's personalities completely changed to the point where half of the characters seemed mentally unstable.

    In the first installment, at least Granville had a reason for being crazy and over-the-top! But in this one there was entirely too much manufactured drama!

    The reader's performance was still excellent and he did his best to save this book to no avail! I would give the reader a 5 for his performance, but there is only so much his performance can do to save such a travesty.

    Whereas I loved Granville in the first story and he pretty much stayed the same - the writer did not remain true to most of her characters and made some of my favorites appear to be very shallow and indecisive sociopaths!

    I was really looking forward to finding out what became of everyone from the first book, but this was a definite let down!

    I would not waste a credit on a third installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (1361)
    Story
    (1364)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Where is the follow-up to Heft???"
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    The first thing I did upon finishing Heft was too search "Liz Moore" for a follow-up book. This book is ripe for a continuation!

    I was positively enthralled with the two readers and their depiction of the main characters in this book. The book itself was very interesting and I was made to feel like I knew the characters by the voice inflections and genuine artistry that the readers exhibited!

    Although I was a little disappointed with the ending, I could not have enjoyed the book more. I felt that I got to know and understand each character.

    I look forward to hearing more from Liz Moore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Can’t Have You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mary B. Morrison
    • Narrated By Nicole Small, Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    Madison Tyler thought a man like Granville Washington could fulfill her sexual desires and her need for occasional male companionship. And as the owner of a multimillion-dollar multimedia firm, that’s as much as Madison wants or needs right now. Granville is desperate to hold on to Madison. The harder she tries to end contact with him, the harder he fights to stay connected to her. He knows she doesn’t love him the way he loves her - she’s repeatedly said so - but if she takes time to get to know the man behind the muscles, he’s convinced she’ll agree that they’re perfect for each other.

    Dream says: "Story of a stalker"
    "This book has it all... Drama and comedy!!!"
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    I looked at this book a couple of times before I actually bought it. The only thing that changed my mind were some of it's good reviews and they were ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!

    I truly enjoyed this book and the narration. While I would hate to run across a character like Granville in real life, he was pure comedy to me. I could not wait for his parts to come in the book - almost every time I laughed out loud at his thought processes.

    Each character was so different and well thought out. They each brought something special to the story, although I would have liked to have known Tisha a little better.

    This is a book that I definitely would have enjoyed in a printed format; but the narration was so on point and enjoyable that I feel anyone who only purchases the print version is really missing out on one of the most enjoyable parts of the story.

    Although there were some significant pauses that should have been corrected prior to publishing and some rather cheesy side effects that did not add to the story, those would be my only issues with the narration.

    I am anxiously awaiting the sequel to this one and I pray that they keep the same narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1872)
    Story
    (1893)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Uncomfortably good read..."
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    While I enjoyed this book immensely, there were MANY very uncomfortable moments throughout the book. It was reminiscent of some of my most awkward moments which took place during my teenage years!

    The sheer pressure of wanting so badly to be liked by people that you have come to idolize for no particular reason seems ridiculous now, but Charlie's letters bring back all of the memories of the unrequited crushes and quests for popularity.

    Charlie is dealing with especially tough teen years due in part to wanting to please everyone at his own expense as well as having not yet found his voice and not knowing how to express what he wants or needs for fear of upsetting someone he cares about.

    He is so grateful that Patrick and Sam actually spend time with him and appear to like him that he will do almost anything to remain in their good graces. Unfortunately, his gratitude for their friendship and self doubt are a normal part of being a teenager, especially since he has an enormous crush on Sam.

    There are times in this story where I REALLY wanted him to "grow a pair" - but through the excellent narration and compelling story line, I realized that Charlie was doing everything he could and despite constantly trying to please others, he was striving to become the best person he knew how to be.

    This is a great read for anyone who wants to take a trip down memory lane back to those critical years where you were still making embarrassing mistakes in the quest to become well liked and popular.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17075)
    Performance
    (15195)
    Story
    (15237)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Surpasses any expectations you may have!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable thing about listening to Gone Girl was the fact that you COULD NOT anticipate what would happen next!

    This book is so refreshing in that I was able to listen to it in it's entirety and immediately want to listen again! Not once did I guess where the plot was going, I just let it take me and enjoyed the ride!

    I loved how detail oriented the book was and how it did not disappoint by not tying loose ends together, although there were a lot of loose ends to keep up with!


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    I cannot think of a book that I would compare to Gone Girl... I would compare the "Back to the Future" movies although it seems a strange comparison.

    Both Gone Girl and the Back to the Future movies had a lot of twists and turns in the plot that need to be explained and "wrapped up" and both did an excellent job of creating a plot with a lot of "moving parts" that needed to be tamed in the end and there were no disappointing "band-aids" used to explain something away... For every intricate plot twist, there were enough explanations and "AHA moments" to keep even the most jaded reader understanding and believing throughout the book.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne were outstanding in their performances on this book. I can not imagine anyone else performing this book. THEY WERE NICK AND AMY!!!

    Their performances were not overly dramatic, just believable and really drew you even more into the plot.


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

    There were many moving moments in this book and I would love to go into a deeper explanation, but for fear of a spoiler, I will just say that in Amy's case, I have never loved a character that I didn't like so much in my life!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book that I read by Gillian Flynn and I immediately went and purchased all of her other books and I can not wait until she comes out with a new one!

    Gillian Flynn has a writing style that is all her own and she knows how to create the most compelling characters I have ever encountered in my reading.

    I did not want to do anything other than listen to this book. I was annoyed when the phone rang or when I had to sleep! I can listen to this book over and over...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tracy Brown
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (344)

    Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother’s boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect. But all his love couldn’t save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top.

    Dornetta says: "A very compelling story"
    "Tremendous downs, not too many ups!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I would not recommend this book to a friend. I found it to be somewhat depressing and I had a hard time dealing with how little most of the characters respected human life.

    I also felt that a lot of the profanity used was unnecessary and distracted from the story itself.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tracy Brown? Why or why not?

    I would give Tracy Brown another try because despite the overwhelming hopelessness that is depicted in this book, it definitely held my interest throughout the story. I was intrigued by how fully she would develop some characters, yet leave you guessing about others until she would come back and fill them out much later, which always felt like an afterthought to me.

    There were several characters that I never understood their motivations like Jada's mother and her sister, Dorian and Bourne's mother.

    As much as I would like to give specific examples of how these characters acted without any real explanation or depth and then were filled out towards the end and tried to be made into heroes/heroines, it would be a spoiler - so I will just say that some of the changes of heart felt like later editing where the author said "I have to have some good in some of these characters!"

    I understand from reading the reviews that there is a second part to this book - I am still debating on whether I will listen to it or not; but my possibly not listening to it is based more on the fact that the same reader will be performing it, than the fact that I have given up on this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was very distracting to me. This is a story which was set in New York and most of the characters sounded VERY southern.

    Some of the voices were completely at odds with the descriptions of the characters and while I always knew who was talking with the various voices, they were "overdone" and actually made the story harder to relate to for me.

    The book would have been better had they not used the sound effects. They were used in a sporadic way that seemed odd and unnecessary.


    Did White Lines inspire you to do anything?

    Read a book with a happy ending!


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this particular book based mostly on the excellent reviews it received - but although it held my interest, I found the depiction of most of the characters lacking in true growth and although I grew up in "the hood" I sometimes found the vulgarities within the conversations uncalled for and a bit too much for me.

    Perhaps as a person who grew up with many of the same problems that plagued Jada and Bourn and overcame them, I had less patience with the victim mentality the book constantly fell back on as far as how they were raised and lack of parenting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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