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Nancy

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San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States

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  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4263)
    Performance
    (3519)
    Story
    (3513)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Ducky says: "GREAT 1ST BOOK IN A NEW-TO-ME, KEEPER SERIES!"
    "It's OK"
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    Would you try another book from Darynda Jones and/or Lorelei King?

    Probably not the author but I think I kept listening because Lorelei King did a good job.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Lorelei King did a great job with all the characters. She was really good.


    Did First Grave on the Right inspire you to do anything?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    A bit to slap sticky for me and I'm not a romance fan but I did listen to the whole book so what does that say about me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abandon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (256)

    On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote mining town will disappear, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins, and not a single bone will be found - not even the gold that was rumored to have been the pride of this town. One hundred and thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a leading history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened.

    Vanessa says: "The book that should have been good; but wasn't"
    "Didn't finish it."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was just to over the top for me. Didn't finish it so don't want to tell anyone not to try it. I just got a bit bored even with all the gore and (ghost?). I love a good ghost story and I will read or listen to what ever Stephen King writes so my not liking it wasn't because I am squeamish. It just didn't keep me interested enough to find out what happened.


    What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

    To drawn out for me.


    What didn’t you like about Luke Daniels’s performance?

    Luke Daniel's was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    I will try Blake Crouch again because I have like some of his other work just not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2293)
    Performance
    (2063)
    Story
    (2061)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Jack Reacher"
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    What made the experience of listening to Personal the most enjoyable?

    I am a huge fan of Jack Reacher as well as Lee Child.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always Jack.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    I love Dick Hill however in this audio book he doesn't sound like his usual self. Couldn't put my finger on what was wrong but something was. Hope he is well and it was just poor editing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. I have done that with a lot of the previous "Jack Reacher" books however this one just wasn't up to par. I still finished it and will always be a Reacher fan.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish Lee Child could give me a Reacher story once a month.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dying Fall: A Ruth Galloway Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

    Aryn says: "Still a great series"
    "Dying Fall book 5"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dying Fall the most enjoyable?

    I liked Jane McDowell's narration in "The Janus Stone" and I have liked Clare Corbett in recent Ruth Galloway series. Ms. Corbett does a good job with the female voice's however her male ones get a bit mixed up and the voice of Kate, Ruth's small daughter is like listening to NAILS on a CHALKBOARD! I have shut this book off twice because of this child's voice. Just horrible and jolting. I don't want screeching or loud noises in any audio book I listen to. I have returned audio books that have gun shot sounds, phone ringing sounds etc. Not necessary. When I read books my brain does not create these sounds so PLEASE don't put them in the audio version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Only Jack Reacher (Lee Child) can keep me on the edge of my seat and even his latest wasn't seat edging material.


    What three words best describe Clare Corbett’s performance?

    Child's voice awful!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I will finish this audio book and yes buy another because I really like "Ruth Galloway" so keep up the good work Elly Griffiths.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Share in Death

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (574)

    A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised significantly when a second murder occurs....

    connie says: "series readers, start here"
    "I liked it."
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    If you could sum up A Share in Death in three words, what would they be?

    Easy listen, enjoyable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No but it was a decent story.


    What about Michael Deehy’s performance did you like?

    Very good. Will look for Michael Deehy again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2251)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Another boring listen."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I haven't read the book but I sure would not recommend the audio book to a friend.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Danger. Don't listen to this book while driving! It's monotone will put you to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess I just pick them wrong because this is the third audio book that the narrator is recording in his sleep. I will give audible one more chance because of my free credit and if that one is bad then I'm done. I have had some great listens and I do have my favorite narrators but they aren't always doing what I want to read or rather listen to. I don't think audible gives a long enough sample listen for a person to make a good decision. I made my selections in the last three books because of the author and reviews but sadly they just didn't deliver. Are you listening Audible, my next selection is going to decide if I stay or quit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (754)

    C.J. Box’s Open Season is a rare debut mystery that “immediately sets itself apart from the crowd” (Booklist). This thrilling novel stars Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who finds his life in danger after he looks into a murder investigation and discovers a conspiracy involving an oil pipeline and its threat to an endangered species.

    Bob says: "The start of an adventure!"
    "A Decent Listen"
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    Where does Open Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a filler book for me. Something to fill my listening time until something better came along. As it turned out I liked this book. Didn't love it but liked it. The narrator was great and I will look for more audible books that David Chandler has done.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for a series that I could enjoy listening to but I don't think this is the one. It's not bad, just not for me. I might in the future purchase another CJ Box but I don't think I could do the entire series, it's just a little to unbelievable for me. Lot's of twist and turns so it does keep you interested. His daughter and wife just don't ring true. Like I said OK but not great. I'm waiting for the new Stephen King. I loved Bag of Bones by Stephen King. If Stephen King is not for you but you like mysteries then you might just like CJ Box.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1098)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Borrring!"
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    What would have made Lone Wolf better?

    Save your credit or your money because this one is not worth it. I have never been so bored with an audio book. This just goes on and on and gets nowhere. Separate narrator for each character doesn't help this at all. Each one tells their story but none of them are very interesting and they just go on and on until you want to get out the spork and finish it. I jumped the gun and used my credit for this book because I have listened to other Jodi Picoult books and liked them.
    What a waste. Can a person die of boredom? I have to go check my pulse.


    Has Lone Wolf turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not sure what genre this is. Is there a just plan bad genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    None of the narrators seem to hit the right note for their characters.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Janus Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (218)

    Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

    Sara says: "Return to Salt Marsh & Mysterious Archeology"
    "Read do not listen to this book."
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    What would have made The Janus Stone better?

    The narrator is just awful. The loud speaking as if in the back ground is beyond annoying and she has absolutely no variation in the characters voices or personalities with exception of the parents who end up sounding like children. Her timing is so off I wonder how in the world she got this job. I read the first book in the series and loved it. I was over joyed to see this in audible. I have never disliked a narrator as much as I do this one. I can't stress enough what a waste of my credit this was. I do listen to audible all the time and this is the first audible book I simply can not finish. I purchased this because other reviews said how good it was. I don't know how it is even remotely possible for anyone to say that unless they love listening to young children with high pitched voices on a play ground.
    If nothing else I hope this review will save someone else money or a credit.


    Would you recommend The Janus Stone to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not in audible. Read the book instead.


    What didn’t you like about Jane McDowell’s performance?

    Everything. Awful.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2969)
    Performance
    (1528)
    Story
    (1538)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "Great writer and Narrator"
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    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    I might, just to hear Stephen Kings voice. It was spot on and I really feel it made this book more interesting. I usually pass on books that are narrated by the author because most of them come off as dull and flat. Not Mr. King. He really is good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't care for this question because I feel in a good book all the characters should be favorites. They should all add to the ebb and flow.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have both listened and read other Stephen King books. This is a good one. For whatever reason it did not frighten me as much as Duma Key (one of my favorites) but that's not to say it didn't have some intense parts. It did!


    Any additional comments?

    This book moves along at a good pace. Not to fast and not to slow. Great twist and turns. I will admit that I did not listen to it before I went to sleep but it was not so scary as to make me stop listening. Again I loved Mr. Kings narration. Hope he has plans to read more of his work. He is that good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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