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Santa Barbara, CA United States

  • 3 reviews
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  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Emma Pearse
    • Narrated By Anna-Lisa Horton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story that became a global sensation: Sophie, the Australian cattle dog who was lost at sea and swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote island where she survived in the wild for five months.... It was just another day in paradise as Jan and Dave Griffith, along with their blue cattle dog, Sophie, motored out of Mackay Marina for a gorgeous weekend at sea. But when the sky suddenly darkened and the waves turned fierce, the unthinkable happened: Sophie disappeared overboard.

    Jean says: "Sophie the Robinson Crusoe Dog"
    "An Amazing Story of Courage and Luck"

    Sophie is the story of a remarkable dog's survival despite enormous odds. It wasn't just the challenges she overcame, but the amazing chance that reunited her with her family. If this was fiction, the plot might be said to be predictable. This however was real life and the outcome for Sophie and her family was anything but predictable. You could say it was miraculous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "A bodice ripper disguised as a mystery"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like romances, this book might offer a change of scene from the Scottish Moors....

    What was most disappointing about P. M. Steffen’s story?

    The introduction was a stereotype: A tuxedo dressed ex-husband detective still jealous and in love with the main character. At the crime scene she was focused on her ex and the other men, one of whom made a pass at her. She went home to a surrogate mom, and we learned that she was in mourning for a dead baby and that she was too thin and too beautiful. That summarizes the first 3 chapters.

    How could the performance have been better?

    How whispery can you get when reading a detective novel. This is romance not black mask.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I could not suspend belief. I kept saying "really?" in the back of my mind. A profiler at the scene of the crime who could not take a moment to focus on the crime - "really?" A detective in a tuxedo and silk scarf at a crime scene - "really?"

    Any additional comments?

    Probably should be classed as a romance.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "He's no Crichton"
    What would have made The Jakarta Pandemic better?

    The plot was flat and predictable. The dialog was stiff. The characters were not well developed. The ending was a little optimistic; no one walks away from killings even after a pandemic. Not bad enough to return.

    What could Steven Konkoly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He needs a better ear for dialog: regional and generational usage for example. He focused on the action, without taking time to consider events from the different characters perspectives.

    Did Joseph Morton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrative was fine.

    What character would you cut from The Jakarta Pandemic?

    Todd. Really, you had the Mansons why did you need a stereotyped character like Todd? Was he just there to throw rocks?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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