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  • Tell Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (103)

    The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O’Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell’s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell’s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki’s childhood friend.

    Janie says: "Tell me, or perhaps don't."
    "Not the best of Lisa Jackson"
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    What would have made Tell Me better?

    The story kept repeating the description of the murder. The narrator cannot do male voices. It was predictable and started to lag towards the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performer was unable to do male voices. Reed sounded snobby and bored. Some of her southern dialect is ok but for the most part, she almost made the book unbearable.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men: Jane Jameson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3492)
    Performance
    (2623)
    Story
    (2617)

    Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid -- which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read.

    Kickez says: "A great continuation from the 1st book!"
    "Seriously?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    12 year old girls


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Ronconi?

    anyone...by the end of this book her nasal voice made me want to bite nails.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1297)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Unemotional and boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was a scientific review of the author's illness. It was boring and unemotional. If the intent was to share the promise of Heaven and a wonderful, loving God, he missed the mark.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1110)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended 'The Good House' to several of my family and friends. Awesome story.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    Mary Beth Hurt was Hildy. She narrated perfectly with the same voice inflection I expected from Hildy.


    Any additional comments?

    Ann Leary perfectly captured the characters and traits of New Englanders in small coastal towns. I live in Rockport, MA and the story was so like so many people I know. There is nothing stuffy about The Good House, in fact, quite the opposite.

    The narration was awesome. Mary Beth Hurt perfectly captured Hildy.

    The story touched many emotions. I did not want it to end! This is the best book I have listened to since The Help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6674)
    Performance
    (5799)
    Story
    (5776)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Nicole says: "A great book"
    "Not usually a fan of Nora Roberts books"
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    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    But this book was great! Entertaining without being sappy. Great storyline and characters and the performance was very good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1798)
    Performance
    (1523)
    Story
    (1503)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Priscilla says: "Disappointing"
    "Love Michael Connelly books just not this one"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was a big disappointment. It was written and read like a documentary about LA Gang wars. I am usually sad when a Harry Bosch book ends but this one was so dry and boring that I couldn't wait for the finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Stone: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (286)

    A new addition to the New York Times best-selling Stone Barrington series. After an eventful trip to Bel-Air and a reunion with his sophisticated (and very wealthy) former love, Arrington Calder, Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he's looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But Arrington has other plans for Stone... including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.

    michael says: "Very, very poor"
    "Save your money..."
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    Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Tony Roberts?

    Stuart Woods first books were very good. I read all of them. The last few have been boring and lame. Son of Stone is ridiculously boring and lame. There is no story line...its a corny book about a stuffy man, a bonehead woman and their lame genius son. Yawn. Same tired characters, same tired story line. This is my last Stuart Woods book. He is obviously writing for the money, not for the story.


    What was most disappointing about Stuart Woods’s story?

    See above. The whole book is lame and boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounds like an old NY cabbie. His portrayal of different characters would be comical if the material was interesting. His portrayal of Dino is awful. He sounds like the skit on Comedy Central where the two monkeys are talking in a bar.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Son of Stone?

    All of them. I wasted my money.


    Any additional comments?

    Good-bye Stuart Woods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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