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United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 131 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Gerald's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a warm October day, Jessie Burlingame lies in the bedroom of her secluded lake home, listening to the far-off sounds of the country; the cry of a loon, the growl of a chain saw, the bark of a lonesome dog. Nearer, she hears the banging of the screen door, left unlatched in the autumn breeze; nearer still, the click of the key locking the second pair of handcuffs that chain her to the bed.

    Roni says: "Excellent story, terrible narration/production"
    "Excellent story, terrible narration/production"

    I had no clue as to what this book was about when I bought it, only that it was a friend's #1 choice for a SK book. After listening to it, I have no doubt as to why. This story is something of nightmares and it makes me wonder what Stephen King sees when he sleeps. Gerald's Game constantly twists and turns into new directions, never giving the listener a recovery period from what just happened. I'm not complaining, though. It was truly an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone who likes a visceral reaction from their fiction.

    On the downside, the narrator is not fit for this type of fiction, maybe not any type. She sounds like someone who would be great at documentaries or historical non-fiction. The tone of this book didn't lend itself to her rhythm, and based on the storyline, another narrator would have really seit it off. If you like a monotone/news anchor style, then Lindsay Crouse is for you. Otherwise, stay focused on the story. If another narrator picked up this book, I'd definitely listen to it again.

    Another critique that I can't leave out is the production. The individual who decided it would be a great idea to randomly place cheezy 80's synthesizer sounds throughout the book WAY more often than necessary should not be allowed to oversee an audiobook production again......ever.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Sight: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Grave Sight draws listeners into the intriguing world of Harper Connelly, a woman with a unique gift: she can "see" the deceased and how they died. A teenage girl from a small Ozarks town is missing and feared dead. Hired by local police, Harper locates the girl's body in a nearby forest. But there's more than one corpse in those woods, and the second one raises questions no one wants to ask.

    Connie says: "Enjoyable. Interesting. Recommend!"
    "Not as entertaining as Sookie"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    After reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I decided to continue with Charlaine Harris because I liked her style. A positive about this book is that it is very well written and is definitely more mature than the Sookie novels, but the negative couldn't overshadow the positive. This book started off very interesting but after an hour I began having a hard time listening because it became boring. Unfortunately, it continued to be a letdown. Never really drew me in like Gillian Flynn would. Overall, I would consider this book one of my least favorite.

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

    A poor climax that took forever to achieve.

    What didn’t you like about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance?

    She did not sound like a woman in her early 20s which made it hard for me to see the character as being her age.

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

    The relationship between Harper Connolly and her brother bordered on incestuous which was very uncomfortable, to say the least. I found myself cringing everytime there was an instance of them touching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "Definitely A "Dark Place""
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The hard part of the story is that I didn't have a favorite character; they were all, for a lack of a better way to state it, human - full of flaws and ugly truths about the human condition. I found each character appauling in some way, shape or form, but with each character's narration, I found myself looking forward to the next's perspective of the events.

    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I have read that Libby Day's narration was very blank, but I liked the sad, monotone sound. I felt like it most accurately represented the character's deep depression.

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

    The very beginning of the book draws the reader in, making it hard not to wonder what brought Libby's tragic character where she's at today.

    Any additional comments?

    The ending left something to be desired. Like her book "Girl Gone," the end left me dangling out there thinking why she wouldn't give any type of closure to the character's inner struggles. Overall, the book was an interesting read. The troubling characters made it hard to turn the book off because I was looking forward to the next character's point of view. If you like her writing style, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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