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Lynette

Burlington, WI, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (190)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "Interesting, But a Bit Preachy"
    Overall

    Dean delivers with his unusual gift of prose, but much of the dialogue comes out as preaching to the choir. The bad guys are exceedingly evil and the good guys, of course, are the ones in the big white hats. This becomes a bit simplistic. I wish there was a little more balance, but it is certainly an interesting read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1280)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Get Over It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    Probably - only because I am hoping that JD Robb will try an entirely new storyline. I imagine that is hard to do with the 37th book in a series. This book was a rehash of the other 36. The characters have become stagnant. Very little has changed. These characters rarely have conflicts with one another in the work place and Eve's martyrdom is rubbing thin.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I like the narrator, but somehow she comes out a bit abrasive as Dallas. I sometimes have to turn the volume down for a bit until the rant is over.


    Any additional comments?

    Please dear author, find some new angles and new character flaws. Have Eve get pregnant or Peabody get sucked into a cult - anything but the tried and true. How many times can we have Eve while battling her own childhood demons take on the heinous criminal element almost single handed as her understanding billionaire husband makes sure she eats and sleeps?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (733)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    OK folks who disagree - suspend your need for reality and just go with it! One of the best Koontz books I have heard in a long, long time!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • From Dead to Worse: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3382)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1735)

    The eighth entry in Charlaine Harris' New York Times best selling, Anthony Award-winning series finds Sookie reeling from an explosive attack on the previous month's vampire summit. Many vampires were killed, including several of Sookie's friends. But most pressing for Sookie is the unknown status of her weretiger boyfriend Quinn. Like it or not, everything is changing in the supernatural world - and Sookie is caught in the middle.

    Irenehope says: "Seven books in Seven Days"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    As a Sookie fan, this book wasn't what I had come to expect from Harris. This is a rehash of previous plots that failed to deliver. I kept expecting it to get better and it just never took off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6818)
    Performance
    (4457)
    Story
    (4453)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Thank you Audible!"
    Overall

    Davina Porter is an excellent narrator and this story richly deserves its unabridged context! Thank you for making this fantastic series come alive! I can only hope the next book in the series is on its way!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambler Warning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (147)

    On Parrish Island, a restricted island off the coast of Virginia, is a little-known and never-visited psychiatric facility. There, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric states make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or prove dangerously inconvenient. One of these employees, agent Hal Ambler, is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one difference between Hal and the other patients, Hal isn't crazy.

    Patsy Bailey says: "What Were They Thinking?"
    "predictable"
    Overall

    Boring and predictable - terrible narrator!! I couldn't even finish the book. I expected better!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (582)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Fabulous Read"
    Overall

    But what a terrible ending!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    A User says: "The book is good, this recording is not"
    "Wait for the Unabridged Version"
    Overall

    Thank goodness I read this book before listening to this choppy abridged version! As with the previous 3 books in this series, I am hoping that audible will come out with the unabridged version along with a new contract for the previous reader. Gabaldon fans, don't waste your time on this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12701)
    Performance
    (5076)
    Story
    (5114)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    For me, this book relied too much on same themes repeated endlessly. I had no interest in finishing the story after listening to it for over 30 hours. I kept thinking that somewhere along the line it would pick up and go somewhere. Personally, I was disappointed.

    23 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (862)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "Ho Hum"
    Overall

    Bosch may be back, but the first half of the book is too far back in time to pique the listener's immediate interest. Too much time is spent clarifying crime solving protoccols. This was more of a "how-to" book of criminal investigation masking the real threads of the story. I missed Bosch's witty dialouge and sarcasm. This book isn't the author's best work. I hope Bosch comes back in a bigger way next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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