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Michelle

san diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 46 reviews
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  • 324 titles in library
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  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4516)
    Performance
    (1940)
    Story
    (1949)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "very well written tale of a family in Ethiopia"
    Overall

    I purchased this book based on the other Audible reviews, and while beautifully written this tale just couldn't keep my interest. I felt he rambled on at times, went off on tangents and my mind would wander. The hallmark of a great audiobook is when I cannot stop listening and this one took me awhile to get through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3687)
    Performance
    (3338)
    Story
    (3346)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Unabashed rip off of Fifty Shades"
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    What a total disappointment... This is such a clear and obvious copy of Fifty, down to the exact storylines, characters and sex scenes. I wish I could get my credit back, total waste. A tip to Sylvia Day - come up with your own, original storylines don't recycle others!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (383)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "Not his best work"
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    I've read pretty much everything Stephen King has written, but it had been over 20 years since I had read Salem's Lot so I decided to revisit. As a kid, I remember it scaring the bejesus out of me but it has not withstood the test of time. King's writing has definitely improved over the years, and as one of his first novels the story is full of inconsistencies and plot holes. After reading novels like Justin Cronin's The Passage, this just didn't scare me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4102)
    Performance
    (3780)
    Story
    (3810)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Completely disappointing ending"
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    I struggled to get through the third book in this trilogy - the first two I couldn't put down. The 3rd introduced characters that were irrelevant to the storyline, changed the tone of the narrators and in the end I just didn't really care what happened to Tris.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (2242)
    Story
    (2244)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Total cop out"
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    After following this series for the last 3 years I couldn't be more disappointed with how Charlaine Harris chose to end the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (263)

    Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies - and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this: Things can always get worse. Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that includesFeed and Deadline.

    Chris says: "Not with a bang but a whimper"
    "Very average end"
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    I really enjoyed the first two books in the Newsflash trilogy, they were fast-paced and kept my attention, the first I read in about 24 hours. The third book fell flat - one-dimensional characters who resembled Scooby Doo's posse - always seeming to find the bad guy at the right possible moment. Nothing really held my interest and I ended the book very disappointed. The narrators I thoroughly enjoyed, they brought life to these flat characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2815)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1510)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Awful! Mysogynistic, 1-dimensional characters"
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    I love this genre and having recently listened to Alas, Babylon Swan Song and One Second After I had high hopes based on the good reviews. WRONG! The writing is terrible, one-dimensional and cliched characters that I cared nothing about. It was written in 1977 (not 1957) so I was shocked that women are only there to serve the purpose of the male characters. Ick, I made myself listen until the second section and just couldn't any longer. Waste of a credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2952)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2480)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Too juvenile, didn't care for narrators"
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    As someone who loved the Hunger Games and Delirium trilogies I was eagerly anticipating this series based on all the positive reviews. Boy, was i disappointed. I didn't care for the narrators, the canned music or the predictable and unengaging storyline. I forced myself to finish the book but didn't care enough about the characters to bother with the sequel. Please save your credit!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Inheritance of Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiran Desai
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

    Bob says: "Gorgeous prose but grim"
    "Beautifully written but exceptionally dull"
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    I could not get through this story and wish I had the option to return.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (325)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Great story, poor narration"
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    I loved this book and zipped right through it in no time, however the narrator had inflections in all the wrong places and did not do either of the characters justice. If I had to do it over again, I'd read this on my Kindle.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1061)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Good Knock off of Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo series"
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    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    This is clearly a copy of Stieg Larssen's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series - too man similarities to list however I felt the story was compelling enough to keep listening, especially the last 30 minutes. The narrator speaks quite slowly and I enjoyed the book at 2x the speed on my iPod. I look forward to the next chapter in this trilogy.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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