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Debbie

LONGVIEW, WA, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (656)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Do not waste your money or your credit"
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    What disappointed you about Broken?

    This story is full of exaggerated and offensive stereotypes , silly and ridiculous plot lines, and horrific dialogue. I can't believe I listened to the end, but I did because I kept thinking nothing could be this bad. I was wrong.


    What could Karin Slaughter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Never have written that book. Understood that not everyone poor is an idiot, that not everyone middle aged is prejudice and that writing a good story takes a creative thought.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The poor person reading this book was not paid enough.


    What character would you cut from Broken?

    Are you kidding.


    Any additional comments?

    I have said more worthwhile comments in these short sentences than written in the entire book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15598)
    Performance
    (14112)
    Story
    (14205)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great book for teens but I'm not a teen anymore"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Interesting concept, but lots of teen angst and love which is obviously geared for the pre-teen set.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Eliminated the gushy obsessive teen infatuation pieces.


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

    Overall okay, the character changes was not great and kept drawing me out of the story instead of keeping me involved.


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

    I had planned to see the movie, now I think I'll wait and see what my friends say.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (870)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "A Pleasant Surprise"
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    Would you listen to The Dog Stars again? Why?

    This book was my first by Peter Heller. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well-written, with good a good plot. I did not see how, from the book summary, I would stay alert as I listen while commuting but I did not want to shut off my ipod. Kept me involved from beginning to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dog Stars?

    The significant scene when he goes out with his dog up the mountain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the entire book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5954)
    Performance
    (5517)
    Story
    (5536)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Another Great Stephen King Novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The storyline and narration went well together. I loved this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was typical King. I loved the entire book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Overall I enjoyed the entire book and bought a hard copy for my son.


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    Wouldn't


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (571)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "Mildly entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dog Who Knew Too Much the most enjoyable?

    The dog's perspective was unique but it became tiresome in some parts. And some of the "cute" animal comments fell flat.


    If you’ve listened to books by Spencer Quinn before, how does this one compare?

    I have never read a book by Mr. Quinn before.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Frangione’s performances?

    No I did not like the narration at all.


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

    No, very middle of the road book, good for my commute.


    Any additional comments?

    I would purchase another if it was on sale; this was predictable but somewhat entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6553)
    Performance
    (5759)
    Story
    (5759)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Do Not Waste Your Money"
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    What disappointed you about Monster Hunter International?

    Predictable, VERY slow moving, yawned a lot, made myself finish it. It is not exciting, it is not entertaining and it was a waste of brain energy to listen to it.


    What was most disappointing about Larry Correia’s story?

    This story could have been good, instead it was juvenile. A good monster book for a ten year old.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He did okay.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1562)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Absolutely worth reading/listening."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the most engaging, colorful, stories I have read (well listened to) in a long time. Definitely held my attention and I wish it was longer. I drive one and half hours each way to work and listen to audio books over my radio; I finished this in two days because I drove around just to finish the story. This books captured a family struggling with issues that most of us can relate to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pat who bared his soul in this novel. Even though it was fiction, you felt his pain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A lot to choose from but would have to be the end scene when Pat receives his present from Tiffany.


    If you could rename The Silver Linings Playbook, what would you call it?

    Perfect name, stupid question.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15702)
    Performance
    (13928)
    Story
    (13963)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Fantastic book, definitely worth listening to!"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Twists and was unpredictible


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no so n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, would find myself driving around to listen to it through my car stereo


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended to me from another commuter. I had no idea what it was about. It was definitely a book I would recommend and kept me guessing about what was going to happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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