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sandra

decatur, TX, United States

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  • Bitter Recoil

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven F Havill
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Aging Undersheriff Bill Gastner's vacation is interrupted by the dead body of a young woman, apparently thrown from a moving car. Other murders convince the Undersheriff to lend a hand.

    Amy says: "Good clean listen"
    "Great series!"
    Overall

    This whole series (those I've bought so far at least) is great. A true mystery, real characters and a really spot-on narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swedish Girl: DCI Lorimer, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alex Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    When Kirsty Wilson lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by Swedish fellow student Eva Magnusson she can't believe her luck. But Kirsty's delight turns to terror when she finds the beautiful Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmate accused of her murder. Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name. Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on trusted psychologist Solly Brightman to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva's life and death.

    Amazon Customer says: "Strong story"
    "Drug on. And on. And ON."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was really all about the story/writing, the narration was great. The storyline was just a long, slow slog, pointlessly so.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something else British/UK. :-) My newest obsession is UK authors. They have such a fresh perspective and authentic style for the most part.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Joe Dunlop?

    Sure.


    What character would you cut from The Swedish Girl?

    DI Grant, followed closely by DS Wilson.


    Any additional comments?

    I found that I cared very, very little about ANY of these characters, they were either blundering or utterly self-involved. Lorimer was the only main character who wasn't either of these things, but he certainly seemed happy to endlessly take his wife for granted - not endearing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (733)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "Felt like it was churned out to meet a deadline"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Third Gate better?

    Well rounded characters, more suspense, a better narrator


    What was most disappointing about Lincoln Child’s story?

    It was blah, utterly forgettable! It had all the right stuff for a suspenseful, intriguing story and it fell short in every way. The characters were all equally neutral, none possessed any particularly likeable or even unlikeable qualities.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More nuance, variation in the voices. It was hard to tell at times who was speaking b/c the voices were all the same. And all were virtually toneless.


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

    It had a good premise and was written by an author who has written some wonderful books in the past. That's what kept me listening, I kept thinking it would be great any minute!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be VERY hesitant to purchase any future books by this author, I'll probably wait for any new books to appear at my local library rather than waste my money on a something that the author seems to have not put any particular effort into.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (233)

    While Laurel Gray Hawthorne's life seems neatly on track - a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna - everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor, Molly Dufresne.

    J. E. JONES says: "One of the Best books I've purchased"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall

    I think this has been my favorite Joshilyn Jackson book to date. It had everything! True mystery, spirits, relationships, humor - I'm hooked, I hope she never stops writing AND narrating!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (487)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Another excellent Joshilyn Jackson book"
    Overall

    I've loved every single Joshilyn Jackson book I've heard and this was no exception. What WAS different was that Joshilyn did not narrate this one and for some unexplainable reason whoever created the audiobook added a soundtrack at what they obviously felt were the parts that needed music???? The narrator was good, but Joshilyn is 1000x better and her stories stand alone, no need for rinky dink soundtracks, the "mood" is built into the already well crafted storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Novella Carpenter
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Novella Carpenter loves cities - the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways.

    Sarah says: "Not an instruction book but a fun read"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! While I will never be either an urban or rural farmer, I grew up in a household that raised meat animals and grew virtually all the produce needed for the year and I think more people who want to do so, should have the freedom to. And it fascinates me to hear how it can be made to work - and work well - in surroundings that don't appear conducive to doing so!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christopher Farnsworth
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (504)

    For 140 years, Nathaniel Cade has been the President's Vampire, sworn to protect and serve his country. Cade's existence is the most closely guarded of White House secrets: a superhuman covert agent who is the last line of defense against nightmare scenarios that ordinary citizens only dream of. When a new outbreak of an ancient evil-one that he has seen before- comes to light, Cade and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source.

    Ryan says: "Excellent series - keep reading"
    "Good plot premise, poorly executed"
    Overall

    The writing was weak, the characters were boring and the narration for the two main characters was nothing special (although the supporting characters, particularly the bad guys, was great).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1016)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Didn't quite mesh"
    Overall

    The characters in this were all surface, even the main character wasn't well thought out or explained and that made the story always seem a beat off center. I found it easily forgettable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil She Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bill Loehfelm
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Maureen Coughlin is in a rut. At 29, the strong Staten Island native fears she may become a “lifer” at the Narrows, the faux-swank bar where she waits tables five nights a week. Nursing a strained relationship with her mother, she tries to find ambition in the little things—a gym membership, a plan to return to school, a dash of cocaine before work—but there’s no denying that she’s stuck.

    sandra says: "Shades of Dennis Lehan"
    "Shades of Dennis Lehan"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this story, the plot twists were well written and the characters were well fleshed out. The main character's need to go in circles and make the worst decisions possible got a little old after awhile, but I'm happy to read more by this author in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Between, Georgia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (289)

    Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy". She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country.

    Karen says: "Great listen!"
    "Excellent writing, excellent narration"
    Overall

    I loved this book, much to my surprise! I was iffy when I saw the author was also the narrator, but she did a wonderful, utterly professional job and I believe it enhanced the story. I laughed out loud in some places and just loved the story in general. I really hope to see these characters in the future as I'll wonder where life takes them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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