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ELAINE

Member Since 2003

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HELPFUL VOTES
27

  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (763)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    Well read, as always, by Scott Brick, this is a story of heartbreaking loss and strength of spirit in the midst of tragedy beyond belief for this young man. The many twists and turns, and the court drama that is also intertwined bring us to a very satisfying ending as it leaves nothing open-ended. While it took some time to get my mind around all the sadness, I still found myself unable to stop listening to find out what "really happened 20 years ago?" Recommend highly.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1669)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1496)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "Beautiful love story"
    Overall
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    This is my first Liane Moriarty novel. I totally enjoyed it. It is a tragic love story of real people and their relationship challenges. Will definitely be reading more of Liane's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Polygamist

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brady Udall
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (236)

    In The Lonely Polygamist, Udall pens a tragicomic tale starring Golden Richards - who despite having four wives and 28 children, hasn’t quite found fulfillment in life. Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children - least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives.

    FanB14 says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Pleasantly Surprised!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I admit I was a little skeptical about this download, but prompted by the good reviews it has received I decided to give it a listen. It was not what I had expected. With the "Plural wives" concept as its' foundation, the storyline is not preachy nor necessarily informative. It is about the lives and hearts of the Richards family. It tells of their individual pasts and present feelings, mostly with regard to the responsibilities and often lifestyle changes, of belonging to this kind of family. Through the many stumbles and heartaches along the way, it portrays their love and need for each other. I truly enjoyed this book. It made me stop and think about the weight of the choices we each make. David Aaron Baker provided a fantastic narration, as well, to deliver insight into a different lifestyle that perhaps is not so very different from our own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Don't Want to Know

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (271)

    In Ava’s dreams, her son, Noah, looks just the way she remembers him: a sweet two-year-old in rolled-up jeans and a red sweatshirt. When Ava wakes, the agonizing truth hits her all over again. Noah went missing two years ago, and his body has never been found. Almost everyone, including Ava’s semi-estranged husband, Wyatt, assumes the boy drowned after falling off the dock near their Church Island home. Ava has spent most of the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, shattered by grief and unable to recall the details of Noah’s disappearance.

    Ronda Snyder says: "Can't stop listening...."
    "Couldn't turn it off."
    Overall
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    Story

    I really enjoyed this book! It drew me in from the start, and kept me listening til the end. I loved the twists and turns. A real who-dunnit that kept me guessing until the last chapter. Despite some reviewers' bad opinion of the narrator, I found her voice to be very well-suited to the characters and the storyline. Some of the "sound effects", like "creak" and "bamm" were a little corny, but not distracting. Also the inflection on the proper words was very good until the last couple hours. I guess if I sat and tore it apart I could find a couple places where I would have read a line differently, but it really did not affect the meaning or the the storyline itself. I admired the main character's persistence, and was happy that the romance was not overdone. I also thought the ending was very realistic and believable. Really worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (265)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Be still my heart"
    Overall

    Being a huge Jodi P fan, I had to get this one. As a grandmother of a very bright, but physically handicapped young man, I found the story especially heart-gripping. I was afraid that this would be a court drama or a right to life battle, but it is more about the lives and feelings of all the characters as they related to not only the handicapped girl, Willow, but how they affected each other. I found it to be frankly honest in revealing all the inner feelings and reactions to the situation. As usual Jodi kept me listening and sometimes crying with her in-depth portrayals of this tragic family's life. I was, however expecting a bittersweet ending, and was kind of disappointed with this one. Get out your hankies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Darker Place

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Professor Anne Waverly teaches religious studies at a respected university. Middle-aged and slightly lame, she spends her days in lecture halls and offices. But occasionally, she works for the FBI. As Ana Wakefield, an eager seeker of higher truths, she infiltrates cults. Now, leaving the security of academia, she is on her way to Arizona in a battered VW bus.

    ELAINE says: "One of my Favorites"
    "One of my Favorites"
    Overall

    This was my first Laurie R. King book, but I am truly a big fan now. It was beautifully written. Supported with historical and geographical descriptions and facts, it totally had me from the start. The story is timely and believable, with down-to-earth lovable characters and, of course, crazy villains. I didn't want it to end, though, and wish there had been an epilogue. Definitely a great read! P.S. to Ms. King: More about Ann and Glenn PLEASE.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When a brutal kidnapper nabs a therapist and her two young daughters, Deputy Chief Davenport begins to feel like a character in one of his computer games. He must unravel clues to the kidnapper's identity before he can pinpoint where he is holding his prey. Mind Prey is this Pulitzer Prize-winning author's seventh book in the Davenport series.

    ELAINE says: "Just buy it!"
    "Just buy it!"
    Overall

    I have listened to most of the "Prey" series, and this one is my hands down favorite. Suspense held me from the first chapter. Excellent plot development; excellent character development; fantastic naration! Don't pass this one up - definitely a repeat listen.

    3 of 3 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
    (1307)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (519)

    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"
    "Excellent!!!"
    Overall

    Great listen! Couldn't wait to turn on my CD player after work. Give us more Carl!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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