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Roxanne

Middle-Age Mom

Tempe, Arizona | Member Since 2007

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  • Bangkok Haunts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Critically acclaimed, nationally best-selling author John Burdett has earned starred reviews for the fast-paced action, snappy dialogue, and gritty realism of his thrilling tales starring Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. In this vibrant and witty novel, devout Buddhist Sonchai relies on his karma to guide him through the seamy underbelly of Bangkok as he pieces together the scattered clues of a complex mystery.

    Lehua says: "Funny, weird, horrible, terrific"
    "Exoticly Haunting"
    Overall

    My first experience of John Burdett and his Bangkok books - fabulous!! You can almost smell and feel Thailand and what a great twist on the American detective that breaks the rules - the Thai cop who is NOT corrupt. All the characters are unforgettable. Simply spell-binding, narration is delicious! Looking for other books read by McCready and already ordered the first two Bangkok books - highly recommend this exotic murder mystery.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6348)
    Performance
    (5781)
    Story
    (5789)

    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"
    "J K Rowling Really Delivers"
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5% by far. I'm glad that her pen name was uncovered or I would not necessarily have found this book. Unlike fantasy/YA enthusiasts that are disappointed that this is not another Harry Potter, I loved the HP books because of the fabulous plot and character development. It reminded me of classic talent like Victor Hugo. I'm delighted she applied her significant talent to one of my favorite genres.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    There are so many great visuals in this book, so hard to pick one. The vivid character development of the main protagonists is fantastic and the build up to plot climax extremely well done.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was so spot on I wish I could demand he redo Ian Rankin's books (another favorite author).


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

    Can't wait to share it with others and looking forward to many more installments in the series.


    0 of 0 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
    (2261)
    Performance
    (2103)
    Story
    (2097)

    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.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "One of the best writers our our generation"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Silkworm the most enjoyable?

    Highly intelligent writing flawlessly narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    J.K. Rowling is so talented. What a total pleasure to have this talent applied to one of my favorite genres.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Comoran Strike, of course but Robert Glenister did ALL the characters so distinctly well, I'd love to have him redo some of my other favorite crime novels.


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

    My main reaction was pure relish and enjoyment. Great writing and narration and plot - I'd love to see two dozen more just like it.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (428)

    From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.

    CatBookMom says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Deliver me from tedious evil!"
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    What would have made The Serpent's Shadow better?

    Massive editing! The book was grossing overwritten. I gave up 2/3 through. Yet another example of how the apparently limitless appetite for fantasy fiction drives publication of so many poorly executed concepts.


    What was most disappointing about Mercedes Lackey’s story?

    I found the verbal and mental ranting of the villainess incredibly tedious. Evil priestess…yada yada yada … blood sacrifice…yada yada yada… OKAY EVIL I got it. Such gratuitous amounts of detail might be more forgivable in written form where one can scan over a great deal looking for plot advancement. When narrated with every single word given so much emphasis, the poor writing is just inescapable.


    What didn’t you like about Michelle Ford’s performance?

    Don't know if someone like Jim Dale would have made this book tolerable, but the heavy emphasis on every word only made the excessive verbiage that much more annoying.


    What character would you cut from The Serpent's Shadow?

    A good villain is required but about 90% of the "here's my evil thoughts and plan" should have been edited out.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness returns are allowed. Got this on Daily Deal and too frequently I either already have it (the good ones) or it's a waste of time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1978)
    Performance
    (1823)
    Story
    (1840)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Derivative Garbage"
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    Any additional comments?

    The real sin here is that this book got published. There’s clearly such an insatiable market for paranormal “erotica” that anything will be published these days. I can just imagine the pitch that sold it - Mercy Thompson meets Bared to You meets The Highlander’s Reward..

    There was no paranormal world development because, hey, who needs to when cashing in on other writers’ concepts. So, I was already annoyed when the real focus of the book – the “Bared to You” cloning – was revealed.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like a good blow-by-blow sex scene; it’s the S & M tone of this book and other “erotica” that I find unfathomable. How is more than slightly misogynistic sex – with seduction consisting of “I’m going to f... you” and threat of sodomy foreplay - that erotic? Tell me, how strong is a woman character who enjoys not so subtle debasement? With the paranormal element, it’s clearly aimed at women though the sex is more like your age old porno for men!

    I bought this as the 3rd book in a 2-for-3 sale so I guess there is no point in returning it. If only I could get that 2 hours back and spend it listening to Mercy, Sookie and a very few other original and entertaining series again. At least I didn’t’ waste the whole 12 hours!

    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
    (1037)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (824)

    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"
    "Mr. Monk Writes a How-To Book!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I agree with the negative reviews concerning the extremely condescending tone, but even getting beyond that I found many of the practices ridiculously complex - (filing system of strapping in every document in a folder – thereby having to unstrap to purge) and the tactics way over the top - (setting aside 2 days to remove everything from a closet and having a friend judge every item of clothing retained).

    The information appears to be targeted at a very severe type of clutter – more like hoarding – of which I doubt anyone with this type of psychopathy would be likely to address it through an audible book. I found advice like “you do not have to keep a gift photo of throat cancer from a relative” just plain disturbing!

    I bought this on sale, so I will admit that listening did get my spring cleaning juices going, but I did not benefit from the details. For the moderately cluttered life, I recommend “It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff” by Peter Walsh. I actually gained some creative ways to reduce what I had in a gradual, manageable, sustainable method and received the same insight in to thinking differently about your possessions WITHOUT the creepy anecdotes, repetition and lecture.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2071)
    Performance
    (1917)
    Story
    (1910)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "If you don't know any Irish, it might be okay"
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    What would have made A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses better?

    Different narrator, or just if Amanda (loved her in other Molly Harper books) had not attempted an "Irish" accent. Could only handle 7 minutes before giving up!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something else in my library


    What didn’t you like about Amanda Ronconi’s performance?

    Horrible Irish accent that swung between her regular voice to some type of Boston-esque over to a Brooklyn pronunciation for just certain words. Granted I listen to quite a few Irish books on Audible and work with a bunch of Irish people so my ears are well tuned and Amanda's attempt was like nails on a chalk-board. Could not pay attention to what she was saying, it was that distracting.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses?

    Can't say, would have read it and very well may.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not that familiar with Irish speech, this may not bother you at all and I expect it may be as entertaining as Molly Harper's other books - loved the Naked Werewolf series and "And One Last Thing".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1583)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1383)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Couldn't finish due to annoying narration"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Enjoyed this series in the past, so I will read the book. The male/female narration in the same conversation is horrible (forgot about that on the last book!) Ron McLarty and Scott Brick did fine with the earlier books on there own.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get there


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performances?

    Not in tandem - performance was so stilted - like a high school play rehearsal - surely recorded separately - it undermined the close relationship depicted in previous reads. More like bickering teens in faux drama YA novels!


    Do you think King and Maxwell needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Will have to read to see.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm returning this one, and will remember to avoid male/female narration in the same conversation. (works in a Gone Girl, dual narrative, but not here).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Damage: Cliff St. James, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ed Kovacs
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In a city overwhelmed with murder and mayhem, the last homicide before a Category 5 hurricane wipes out New Orleans is quickly forgotten and remains unsolved. Until now.Calling to mind Chinatown’s Jake Gittes or Chandler’s Philip Marlowe comes a new kind of private detective - a mixed-martial arts coach and bare-knuckled former cop who investigates a curious missing persons/murder case.

    Roxanne says: "Sorry, it was just not worth my time"
    "Sorry, it was just not worth my time"
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    What did you like best about Storm Damage? What did you like least?

    Not much, I couldn't finish it. I found the combination of dialog and narrator very annoying for many characters. Don't know whether that's writing or performance. Also it struck me as ludicrous that a honest uniformed cop of only 8 years owned a condo AND a dojo AND used to run a bar? When did he run these other enterprises much less how did he fund them? So much of the early story was a lot of inconsistent cliches.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Not much! I am a James Lee Burke fan and really spoiled by a GREAT author/narrator combo on the Dave Robicheaux former New Orleans cop series. This author is rather new and a comparison to Burke is a brutal one, but one I can't avoid. Hopefully Kovacs will grow. I've read some other author's first books after discovering a good series, and may not have read more, if I hadn't first experienced a superior later book in the series.


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

    Voices for the asian and african-american women characters sounded so stereo-typed and were simply annoying. I don't have any other books from this narrator in my library, so it's hard for me to separate the voice from the pedestrian writing.


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

    Doubt it, but then movies are so RARELY like the books it is not good question.


    Any additional comments?

    I will return this book, and fill out my James Lee Burke Dave Robichbeaux series with the credit instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2151)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1705)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Fascinating exploration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The even exploration of the topic with an amusing telling.


    Have you listened to any of Jon Ronson???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    have not heard others, but liked that the author narrated and was good at it!


    If you could give The Psychopath Test a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    Great way to enjoy non-fiction topics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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