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Linda

DeSoto, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 15 reviews
  • 69 ratings
  • 388 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (569)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Best Koontz book ever"
    Overall

    This is great entertainment! The characters are interesting and well-developed. The dialog flows easily and enhances the story, and it is read beautifully, each character with a distinct voice. The plot has many twists and turns that keep you wanting more. A great read.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2559)
    Performance
    (2286)
    Story
    (2272)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Everything you want in an audio book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reading performance was superb. Characters real and well-developed and likable. A plot that keeps you guessing and intrigued. Really, one of the best audio books I've heard in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10478)
    Performance
    (9516)
    Story
    (9533)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is quite an unusual and entertaining novel. The story and characters are cleverly interwoven with a lot of unexpected twists. You find yourself getting so involved with the plot that it's very difficult to pause the story and go on with life. The reader did a terrific job on some very difficult characters' voices.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (855)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "You'll need lots of testosterone"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is definitely not written for the female of the species. It is full of macho acts of bravery and daring with very little in the area of character development and plot. Too much blood and gore and not enough humanity for my tastes.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shipkiller: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (273)

    Before he was anointed to carry on the legacy of Robert Ludlum's Janson Command series, and before he collaborated with Clive Cussler on the fan favorite Isaac Bell series, Justin Scott created this suspenseful adventure tale, a novel of love and revenge set on the high seas. Written in 1978, this is considered by many to be one of the best maritime thrillers of all time. As an expert in the world of ships and sailing, Justin Scott creates an authentic maritime world, making The Shipkiller all the more thrilling because it could be a true story.

    Jean says: "A story of revenge"
    "Only for sailors"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For someone who doesn't know a gaff from a halyard I found this book tedious. More than three-fourths of the book is our hero fighting the weather and ocean in his sailing vessel. It was probably very exciting for someone who knew what was going on. However, if you're a landlubber like I am, give the book a pass.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A God in Ruins

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leon Uris
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Master storyteller and international best-selling author of Redemption, Trinity, and Exodus, Leon Uris once again brilliantly interweaves historical fact with gripping fiction in this powerful novel of politics, family, intrigue, love, and the passions that rule human lives.

    Judie says: "Excellent"
    "A disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I expected more from Leon Uris. He has written novels of the highest caliber so I thought this would be a "sure thing". Not so. The story is interesting and well-developed, but it is not told right. With all the flashbacks and foreshadowing, the reader had nothing to anticipate which made the read rather dull. And it's a shame because Stephen Lang is one of my favorite readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Masks: A Cree Black Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Hecht
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (211)

    Daniel Hecht has created a plausible, heart-stopping ghost thriller. Relying on the science of parapsychology to spine-tingling effect, he brings to life a remarkably compelling character in Cree Black, as well as the ghosts she confronts.

    Joann says: "Unusual thriller"
    "New Orleans Comes Alive"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book gives a close, in depth, look a the city of New Orleans and weaves a story well suited to its mystic and charm. The "ghost" story is quite believable and welded to scientific principles. I really like the interactions of the characters and the heighten suspense with each chapter.

    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
    (9789)
    Performance
    (4733)
    Story
    (4761)

    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.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "The King is Back"
    Overall

    I was disappointed in the last couple of novels that King wrote, but one, Under the Dome, has put him back in my all-star list. It is reminescent of The Stand and It. The characters are unique and intriguing, and the plot unfolds magically. The narration is the best I've heard anywhere -- Raul Esparza is a genius with voices.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Company of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen Maitland
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

    Richard says: "A teller of tales"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    A terrific story with an outstanding narrator. The characters come to life in all their many facets. It's one of those tales you don't want to leave, it stays with you. One of the best historical books I've read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2828)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (741)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Hamlet Revised"
    Overall

    So the author takes the Shakespearean play Hamlet and rewrites it with modern characters and dogs. As it moves along, it's pretty obvious what is going to happen. The 17th century motivations doesn't often work with 20th century characters and leaves the reader baffled. If you love dogs, this reading can be a worthwhile experience, but otherwise the books is very long.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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