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Janet

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (365)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Janet says: "Great writer! WORST narrator in all of Audible!"
    "Great writer! WORST narrator in all of Audible!"
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    Poor Jo Nesbo. He is truly a good thriller/mystery writer and I have listened to this book and The Snowman. The Snowman was read by the excellent Robin Sachs. This one was read by the single worst narrator I have ever heard. Horrific pacing, bizarre pronunciation and dialect that is all over the place - even Hispanic at times!!!! I am certain Knai is not a professional narrator. Do yourself a favor - get the book and read it in hardcopy. Then listen to the rest of Nesbo's books as read by Sachs.

    36 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1148)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    Crystal says: "A Yawner"
    "Ten stars! Perfection in a murder mystery!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silkworm to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Glenister is the best narrator I have heard in many years. Nails every character perfectly.


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

    Yes - everything everyone does adds to the equation slowly but surely. Character development is believable and enjoyable. The murder itself is fascinating and what develops before and after, equally so. Rowling is so good!


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He's clearly read the text before he speaks it and knows just what to do and when and how. He is an artist. Nothing comical. Easily takes on dialects, different ages, etc. Can't be beat.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A world class murder mystery by JK Rowling (just to get people in the door) or "Something wicked is awake in London."


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next in the series. Write faster, JK! If you like a LOT of action, adventure and chase scenes like a James Bond movie, this book might not be for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (790)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "This is a workbook, NOT for just listening"
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    What did you love best about Unstuff Your Life?

    Very clear cut. If you need someone to simply tell you what to do and why in a no nonsense manner, Mellen is great.


    Would you recommend Unstuff Your Life to your friends? Why or why not?

    Please know this book is almost useless unless you WORK through it and do most everything he says. It's not advice, it is step by step procedures. In a weird way it is like listening to a cook book. I have not finished the book as I intend to go back to certain chapters like The Kitchen and follow as I work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    It's a work book, similar to a cook book for organizing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Warning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    Years ago, Katie Sanford’s husband was convicted of the murder of Jenny Robbins, then died himself in prison. It’s a small town and memories are long, and Katie and Jenny’s husband, Chief of Police Jake Robbins, have had to work at putting the tragedy behind them. But it's all brought up again in the wake of a hurricane which has just wreaked havoc on their quiet Maine town.

    Kathi says: "A "could-not-put-it-down" police procedural!"
    "Pedantic! Annoying!"
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    What did you like best about Without Warning? What did you like least?

    Rosenfelt has never written the nitty gritty crime dramas that I have come to expect from other writers. He has written the funny, witty and nice murder mysteries that are the Andy Carpenter series. Stick with those. This book does NOT allow you to think of anything for yourself. For example if a character opens a door, the author will be sure to tell you he walked *through* the door. Except for some curse words, I think a 5th grader might even get insulted reading this book as it spells everything out. It's trite and lots of things are horribly contrived.


    What could David Rosenfelt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Removed any first person narrative. Not spelled out every detail - especially with the horrible habit of two verbs i.e. "we asked for AND requested a table." There is a lot of that in the book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Nice timbre but except for 2-3 characters, they sound like cartoons.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no. However, if the same basic story were written by another writer it would probably be okay. Still it moves toward far fetched at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE Andy Carpenter but this fails.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (865)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "Like a wheel of fortune of suspects"
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    If you could sum up Dark of the Moon in three words, what would they be?

    small town suspects


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

    Not quite the edge of my seat as there was not enough action to warrant that until certain parts of the book. However, the character development and flow of the plot was good. I liked the dialogue and thought it was realistic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed learning how the main character put all the clues together.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It used to be a quiet little town.


    Any additional comments?

    I am willing to listen to another in the series. I did like the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Fall: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (336)

    “I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times, it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle. It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wisecracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now chief of detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor.

    John S. Johnston says: "Just another great Ceepak book"
    "My favorite Ceepak to date! Write faster, Mr. G!"
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    I totally love this series of books. It is a guilty pleasure but so perfectly done. The mysteries are fun and full of flavor. The characters have grown over the 8 books. Jeff Woodman is so talented he does every voice in a different and completely believable style. You will have no problem telling who is talking. He makes it all sound effortless.

    Ceepak Mysteries are like your favorite dessert. You love seeing it in front of you and enjoy the anticipation. You love devouring it. And you are so sad when it's over.

    Mr. Grabenstein, please write faster!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5829)
    Performance
    (5304)
    Story
    (5316)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Picture perfect murder mystery!"
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    If you are looking for an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, this isn't it. If you are looking for a perfectly constructed murder mystery with fantastic characters and great narration, download this today. I was amazed at how involved I got with the story and the very believable characters. I certainly hope we see more of them in the future. The plot is perfectly paced too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "Out of balance storyline - good narration"
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    I would have loved to have given this 4 stars or even 5, but I can't. I will first tell you Pacey does a good job with the narration although a few pronunciations are a bit odd (grimaced turned into grim-ACEd). However Hill's narrative is out of balance. Her character descriptions, exposition and set up take an entire 6 hours. The true action begins after that and is a decent length. However, the resolution is FAR too quick and unsatisfactory. It reminds me of an essay test where the teacher suddenly announces "Finish up! You only have 10 minutes left!"

    Since this is the first in the series and I have yet to read more, I am hoping she gets this balance better in later books. I am not certain I can truly recommend this book because of its slap-dash ending, but you might like it.

    Also, the title is not related to the storyline at all. Why she picked it I don't know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3884)
    Performance
    (3279)
    Story
    (3262)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Tedious. Little action."
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    I'm glad I got to the end of this book to see what the whole mystery/secret was. However, listening to all but the end of the book felt like I was sitting in a waiting room waiting for someone in another room to put together a jigsaw puzzle. Narration was fair but a little too slow. The mispronunciation of the island of Antigua drove me a little crazy. It is pronounced An-TEE-ga, not gwa at the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And When She Was Good

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (376)

    Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide.

    kate says: "Thank goodness for Heloise and excellent narration"
    "Lippman & Emond are one of the best combos!"
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    I have listened to every Laura Lippman book on Audible. Truly, her writing and her characters are so very realistic. Add to that Linda Emond's totally perfect narration and it is a winning combination every time. I think the main character has a fascinating story to tell. I loved that a minor character from many other Lippman books makes a "cameo" appearance in this one.

    The only thing I want is for Laura Lippman to write faster. I can never get enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5404)
    Performance
    (5037)
    Story
    (5033)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Amusing but that's all"
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    If you enjoy science fiction, do yourself a favor and download "Ready Player One" read by Wil Wheaton. It is a fantastic, well written science fiction book - a total delight especially for anyone over 35 years old. Sadly, Redshirts is not so great. There is an amusing and very creative concept here, but the execution is what I would consider a very rough draft. Plus there are additional "epilogues" to the book that are strictly there to add length, not flesh out the story, in my opinion. Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job narrating as usual, but this is no where close to as good as it could have been. And yes, the "he said," "she said" back and forth is like verbal torture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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