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LoriBee

Northern California | Member Since 2013

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  • 12 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 51 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Insane City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dave Barry, The Gza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league in pretty much any way you could imagine, which is why it continued to astonish him that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse had already sprung an airport prank on him, and he'd survived it, and if that was the worst of it, everything should be okay. Smooth sailing from now on. Seth has absolutely no idea what he's about to get into.

    Sylvia says: "It is Barry - it is Florida - it is INSANE!"
    "Fun light comedy"
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    Where does Insane City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best, but this is only my second audio book.


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

    Yes, loved guessing how the story was going to end.


    Have you listened to any of Dave Barry and The Gza ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Dave Barry audio book. Was a little disappointed to discover he's not narrating his prior novels. I hope he'll continue narrating his own.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listen to books during my commute to/from work. This one made me happy that traffic was backed up!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4890)
    Performance
    (4577)
    Story
    (4586)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Great Cop Thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is the type of book I'd more likely expect to see from James Patterson or Dean Koontz, but since I'm also a fan of those authors, I found this story a delight. It's a classic cat and mouse between a retired police detective and a twisted serial killer. Kept me guessing, kept my attention, and was masterfully narrated by Will Patton (who also narrated Dr. Sleep). I could read 20 more books like this from King. Hope he keeps writing them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3354)
    Performance
    (2644)
    Story
    (2666)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "No One To Root For"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I understand the concept of broken people. In fact, my favorite protagonists are those with serious flaws. Unfortunately, this book's main character is beyond flawed, she's a downright unlikeable mess.

    So as not to give away spoilers, I'll just say that she makes some choices that left her completely unsympathetic. When I should have felt her pain, I instead felt she deserved what she got. Couple that with a predictable outcome, and I can't justify more than three stars for this book.

    I still think Gillian Flynn is an outstanding writer and I'm anxious to gobble up as many books as she can write. This one will simply have to go in my "meh" category as a reminder that every writer can't put out perfection every time.

    0 of 0 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
    (18197)
    Performance
    (16231)
    Story
    (16285)

    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!"
    "Best Book I've Read This Year"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is superbly written, performed perfectly by narrators Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, and plotted to perfection.

    It will keep you guessing, will make you wonder which one of these two people you should be rooting for (you flip flop several times), and ends in a way that delights.

    After reading a string of bad to mediocre books, this one has restored my faith that there are excellent writers out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (533)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    David says: "First For Me"
    "Maybe if you're into bass fishing?"
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    Maybe if you're into bass fishing you'll enjoy this book more than I did. Normally, Hiaasen's books are so funny, it doesn't matter what the subject matter is, I'll like them. This one, no so much. Maybe too much time spent on fishing. Maybe too many similar characters, I had trouble following who was who. I'll keep reading Hiaasen, but this won't be on my list of keepers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Are Sicker Than Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andrew Seaward
    • Narrated By Andrew Wehrlen
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Based on the author's own personal experience with substance abuse and twelve-step programs, Some Are Sicker Than Others transcends the clichés of the typical recovery story by exploring the insidiousness of addiction and the thin, blurred line between true love and co-dependence.

    LoriBee says: "Bad Similes Read By William Shatner Impersonator"
    "Bad Similes Read By William Shatner Impersonator"
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    I could not finish this book. By Chapter 23, the overabundance of bad similes had reached comedic levels. For the sheer purpose of knowing how it ended, I might have kept going if it weren't for the narrator. I'm trying to figure out if he was going for a William Shatner impersonation, or if he genuinely didn't have the lung capacity to complete a sentence without pausing several times to take a breath. The book was confusing to listen to because of all the artistic pauses....where they didn't....belong. Put the two together and I just couldn't handle another hour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (296)

    Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

    Wilhelmina says: "The Witness"
    "Decent book ruined by a terrible narrator!"
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    I nearly stopped listening to this book several times because of the horrible, grating narrator. She literally ruined the characters in this otherwise decent book.

    In her attempt to "sound like a man" the male characters all ended up sounding like frogs. Wooden, croaking, frogs. Then in an attempt to contrast the voices as much as possible, she made the heroine's voice so high she sounded like a Disney princess. We're supposed to believe this is a strong, progressive defense lawyer all the while sounding like Minnie Mouse. And when the heroine used profanity, it was all but laughable.

    I was never able to endear myself to the hero, or any of the other characters, for that matter, as they sounded so ridiculous. I don't know what kind of southern accent that was supposed to be. Quite literally, I will never read another book narrated by Joyce Bean again.

    It's a testament to the story line that I suffered through it long enough to see how it ended. If you have a very high tolerance for corny, bad voices, you will enjoy this book. If you don't, I recommend buying the print copy and reading it in silence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4729)
    Performance
    (3452)
    Story
    (3476)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Way too long"
    Overall
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    Story

    I love Stephen King, but 45 hours is just way too long to listen to a book. It got old and repetitive after a while, despite an absolutely superb performance by Steven Weber.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lunatics: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel
    • Narrated By Dave Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (82)

    Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

    HRM says: "Warning ! may cause uncontrollable laughter"
    "Starts out great then sinks"
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    I loved the beginning of this book. Heck, even the middle. I am adept at suspending belief and just going with a plot for the fun of it. But somewhere around the last third of this book, it got too over the top for me and ended up just plain silly. I did love the two narrators. That was fun. And I'll always be a Dave Barry fan no matter what.

    If you want to try a Dave Barry novel, I'd recommend Insane City instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (667)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Don't make this your first Sandra Brown novel"
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    Story

    I'm shocked this book is so highly rated on Audible. Insufferably long winded, unlikeable characters and disappointingly predictable plot, if this had been my first Sandra Brown novel, I'd never read another. Luckily, I know she can do much, much better.

    If you're new to Sandra Brown, pick something else. I'd recommend Lethal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2404)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (654)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Laugh out loud funny!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My first Carl Hiaasen book won't be my last. I only wish Stephen Hoye narrated all of them, as his voices were as funny as the book and made the whole experience one big joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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