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Trish R.

JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Made for Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Aiden Snow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He's cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his daily quota, there's hell to pay - literally. Fortunately, his hometown affords him plenty of chances to behave badly. But Speare's newest case really has him going out on a limb. The right-hand man of a notorious crime boss has been found dead in a dumpster - minus his right hand, not to mention the rest of his arm.

    D'Aulan says: "I didn't like this novel at all"
    "No HEA, No HFN, No NOTHING. It sucked!!"
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    She just kissed him on the forehead and walked out the door. I can assure you I will never read this author again. I just can’t believe the book ended that way. She leaves and Speare still has a demon living in his head. No cliffhanger, no second book, nothing. THE END.

    I’m so ticked off I’m not even going to tell you what this horrible book is about.

    There was explicit sex and the F-bomb was used 67 times.

    As to the narrator: He was absolutely spectacular; with all the voices and any kind of emotion you could ask for. Love Aiden Snow, most of the time, sometimes not so much. He did great with this one though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When They Come for You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James W. Hall
    • Narrated By Michelle Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for - except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation on the Ivory Coast. Now she's convinced he was targeted in a corporate conspiracy to silence him.

    shelley says: "Fast paced revenge!"
    "Maybe a good book but not with this narrator..."
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    Worse narration ever. Good grief, Ross and Harper sounded just alike. This narrator didn't even try to sound manly. Don't believe all those 4 and 5 star reviews. And you don't really know how bad the narration is because the first 9 pages no one says a word AND when Ross finally spoke I thought for a minute that Harper was still talking.

    I'll just read the book.

    One reviewer said she would not want to listen to Michelle Ferguson again and I'm right there with her. MF is a sucky narrator. Don't quite your day job. You'll never make it as a narrator if you can't even try. No one wants to hear a man sound like a girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow File: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    From S. G. Redling, the author of the bestselling Flowertown, Dani a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life — if you leave it behind, she will figure you out. Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes.

    Anne says: "An unexpected pleasure"
    "Very entertaining. Both the book and the narration"
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    The first 40% of this book was spent on Dani escaping the killing of her co-workers and hiding, hiding, hiding while she constantly had hundreds of inner thoughts or talked out loud to herself. Then there was the escape onto the rooftop and finding one of her co-workers that made it out then escaping the rest of the way with Choo-Choo (a stupid name for a grown man.)

    This reminded me of the old movie with Robert Redford “Sneakers.” He goes out and when he gets back everyone is dead and he goes on the run. She goes home to pick up something and when she returns everyone is dead or being killed AND has to hide then goes on the run.

    Overall, it turned out to be a good story, I can tell because I never skimmed a single page. The killer after them took a liking to Dani and ended up helping her BUT she still had to die. He seemed like a nice guy one minute and talked to her like an evil killer the next. Booker was a little crazy. And there were some things a little unbelievable but it’s a book so I don’t have as much trouble with that like a lot of readers do. And there were a couple of unanswered questions but it didn’t subtract from the story all that much.

    There was absolutely no romance and the F-bomb was used 14 times.

    As to the narration: I’m a big Tanya Eby fan so I can say she did a great job on the voices BUT there should have been a whole lot of whispering going on, especially in all the public places they went to, and there wasn’t. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

    This was a free read and free listen and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Quinn: Jonathan Quinn Series Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1521)

    Meet Jake Oliver. The day will come when he's one of the best cleaners in the business, a man skilled at making bodies disappear. At the moment, however, he's a 22 year old rookie cop, unaware his life is about to change. In a burning barn a body is found--and the fire isn't the cause of death. The detectives working the case have a pretty good idea about what went down. But Officer Oliver thinks it's something else entirely, and pursues a truth others would prefer remain hidden - others who will go to extreme lengths to keep him quiet.

    AudioAddict says: "Battles and Brick - a great combination"
    "Good read and great narration.."
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    I really, really liked this book. Even though Durrie wasn’t our hero he was still my favorite character. I liked Officer Oliver too but he seemed a little too young to me. BUT Oliver was smart. He figured out what happened in the barn and Durrie simply couldn’t believe it.

    It was all about Durrie being a “cleaner,” a person who cleaned up the dead bodies when they were assassinated, and he did work for the government. It was amazing all that happened when he cleaned up after a person. He was supposed to kill Oliver but he decided to recruit him instead.

    I did read Brett Battles’ Excoms books and I thoroughly enjoyed them but I liked this one much better. Reviewers kept mentioning the Jonathon Quinn books by this same author so when I saw this one listed as a free read and free listen I got it so I could see just who Jonathan Quinn. And between him and Durrie it was a pretty awesome book. I’m sure I’ll be reading more of this series, maybe not all 11 or 12 books but some of them.

    No romance or sex or anything like that, but the F-bomb was used only 4 times.

    As to the narration: Scott Brick did a great job. Not so much with Berit’s voice but as the only woman in the book she wasn’t in it that much or that long. I would definitely listen to him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Andrew E. Kaufman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (304)

    She only stepped outside for a minute… But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley’s world upside down - a minute she’d regret for the rest of her life. Stepping into her worst nightmare…Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again. A nightmare that only got worse. A tip eventually leads detectives to their killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair.

    Think about this says: "Keeps your interest"
    "Great book and awesome narration.."
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    So, I hate books written in the first person, as I’ve told you all all time and time again. It’s just a lazy way for an author to write a book. No worries in having to write about someone else’s thoughts or feelings or having to go see another person’s actions. And, OMG, all the I, I, I, I’s. No him, her, them, they, nothing except “I” and that’s boring as hell. However, I have read a few first person books and I’ve found one interesting thing about them. Women authors use a helluva lot more I’s than men do. So, I wasn’t nearly as bothered by this book as I’ve been in the other books written by women. The thing to do, I guess, is read first person books written by men. And that’s my opinion.

    This was about Patrick, a crime reporter, who was looking into a 30 year kidnapping and murder. Needless to say, someone wasn’t crazy about that so he was threatened then almost killed for his nosiness. There were quite a few people in this book and they were all pretty interesting so that made the book worth continuing with. I couldn’t wait for the end so I could see what went on with his evil mother. Patrick’s memories of her were pretty brutal.

    Patrick wasn’t an alpha male, by any stretch of the imagination, and I didn’t like that too much but the story was good enough that I could look past that. AND the last sentence of chapter 52 was an absolute shock! It was worth the little bit that bothered me. My mouth fell open! I never could have imagined that happening.

    My only real problem with this book is that I had no idea what Patrick looked like, or for that matter I didn’t know what anyone else looked like either: tall, short, thin, fat, ugly, handsome, straight hair, curly, pink, blue, green hair? Nothing. All I can suggest to the author is to give your characters some kind of face and body. It helps us to imagine everything about them.

    BTW… One reviewer said this was a cliffhanger. It was in no-way no-how such a thing. EVERYTHING was all wrapped up at the end of this book. I have no idea what that reviewer read but it wasn’t this.

    As to the narration: WOW! Luke Daniels did an awesome job on the narration, especially for it being a 2013 audio. I’ve never heard such emotions being read. He really was outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Recall: Jessie Cole, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    When you search for the missing, there's no telling what you'll find. PI Jessie Cole learned that painful truth firsthand when her sister disappeared. Now a new case will test Jessie and Ben once again. Owen Shepard, the public face of one of the country’s biggest health insurance companies, has become the target of a vengeful father. The man blames Shepard for his child’s death and plans to make the CEO know what it’s like to live with a broken heart—and watch others die. 

    shelley says: "Good & fun exciting book..."
    "Awesome read and Awesome narration.."
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    As good as Her Last Day was this was even better. This one paid close attention to 3 different cases; a baby that was kidnapped 7 years before, the killer who was killing to get the attention of a large insurance company and at Ben’s request Jessie’s trying to find out about the years BEFORE he was in an accident that left him with partial amnesia. AND there’s a little romance going on with Jessie and Colin, too.

    I think my favorite character in this book was Zee. She was in the last book too but not as prominent. She is always getting into trouble and always arguing with the voices in her head: Francis, Marion and Lucy. She’s a wonderful character. As is Olivia, the fifteen niece of Jessie. Another great character, not written as a sulky bratty teenager.

    Another wonderful and mysterious part is always wondering about who and what Ben really is/was. That’s the part that intrigued me the most. Was he good or bad? Would I find out in this book or would I have to wait for his character to be in a third book. It was fun waiting until the end to find out. And you’ll find out all about Ben when you read this.

    As to the narration: I have to wonder about some reviewers who gave Kate Rudd one and two star reviews. One said she was robotic, which makes me wonder if she listened to the book at all. KR did everything the book called for; she laughed, cried, yelled, sounded grumpy, whispered, sounded raspy from the character screaming for his life, sounded like she was in great pain from being poisoned, sounded like a man in anguish from his daughter being kidnapped by a killer. What more could you ask for? And her men might sound a lot alike BUT at least they sound like men. Which is more than most female narrators’ voices give you. If there's 500 men in the same book and they all sound alike that's fine with me. Just as long as they sound manly. Nothing worse than a man who sounds girly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Town at the Edge of Darkness: The Excoms, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Something's happening in the small town of Bradbury. Something more sinister than the disappearance of the woman the Excoms have been sent to find. Something only they can stop. Ananke, Rosario, Dylan, Liesel, and Ricky have reassembled to undertake their second mission. Seems easy enough: locate the missing woman and be on their way. But not even the mysterious Administrator who called them together could have predicted what the team would encounter.

    shelley says: "Can't go wrong with a Brett Battles book!"
    "Good read and great narration.."
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    Ananka, Rosario, Liesel, Dylan and Ricky have a new assignment and this one was even better than the last. It was about finding human traffickers, who really did more than traffic humans but you’ll have to read this book to find out.

    I will say that they talked a little bit more like adults in this story but not much. And this was funnier than the last, too. Our heroes had some really great lines. Especially Ananke, she said the sweetest things just before she shot someone or knocked someone unconscious.

    They were all such a variety of heroes, too. Ananke is black, Rosario is Spanish, Liesel is German, Dylan is Irish and Ricky was… Well, Ricky was just the hunter the Administrator got out of a 10 year stretch in prison. Great group. This series does get better with each book.

    As to the narration: Actually, Allyson Johnson didn’t do as good on the men’s voices in this book BUT her emotions were outstanding. She laughed, cried, whispered, screamed in pain, she did it all. Wonderful narration, even with the men not sounding all that great, it was mostly close enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Excoms

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (277)

    Ananke thought her week couldn't get worse, but as she hunts for the man who screwed up her previous job, things really go sideways. Turns out, she's not the only one having problems. Rosario can acquire anything for anyone, but can she obtain freedom for herself when her latest assignment goes awry? Dylan's sure his new gig will be a walk in the park - or rather, a drive, given that he's a courier. Unfortunately, the road is a bit bumpier than he expected.

    shelley says: "Another very entertaining Brett Battles series"
    "Terrific read and listen.."
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    Ananka, Rosario, Liesel, Dylan and Ricky are crooks and assassins, oh, and a courier, who agree to help the Administrator of a group of unknown persons find and bring back 6 children who had been kidnapped. This was both exciting and there was never a dull moment. I love it when I don’t skim even one page of a book I’m reading. The only person I didn’t like was Ricky. He was just too arrogant and mouthy and way too stupid. Other than him being a hunter he was totally useless.

    There was no sex and no swearing to speak of. Assassins and killer/kidnappers and no swearing? That’s so unreal. I’m going to read the second book but that will be all from this author. If you’re going to try and make us believe in your stories then you should make your characters talk like real adults.

    As to the narration: Allyson Johnson did a great job on Rosario’s Spanish accent and Liesel’s German accent, as well as the men’s voices. Her emotions are awesome too when she read. I’ve never listened to her before but I will definitely see what else she’s read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5620)
    Performance
    (5030)
    Story
    (5040)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Pam says: "Written like a movie script"
    "Barely okay read for me but great narration.."
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    Part one of this book was about Nick Cooper and his group hunting down John Smith, a “brilliant” that’s pretty much a mass murderer. I don’t really understand all the “brilliant” people and why some are bad and others are not or why some are hunted down and some aren’t or why Cooper and his men are just allowed to kill whoever they want to. One man wouldn’t cooperate so Cooper opened the man’s door and tossed him out while they were going 112 miles an hour. Yeah, I wasn’t crazy about our hero doing that.

    In part two of the book Cooper is going undercover and only his boss knows about it. So if anything happens to the boss who’s to know it was all set for Cooper to take the blame for the bombing that killed hundreds, if not thousands. That was totally ridiculous to me. Cooper could just kiss his butt goodbye if something went wrong with Drew Peters. He didn’t even tell his partner Bobby Quinn. He was already going to have the entire group from Equitable Services out to kill him for thinking he was responsible for the bombing so you’d think he’d want to cover his butt by letting more than one person know what was really going on.

    Anyway, there was a lot of killing in this book, and usually I like that kind of story, but I just don’t think the author explained enough about the “brilliants” to understand their motivation in all the bad they did and had planned in the future.

    I do admit that it did get boring and I did start to skim. It did get better at about the 90% mark.

    Yeah, this really, really didn’t have to be over 450 pages. That’s why I started to skim. Even though these are all free read and free listen I can't see myself going any further, but I can't be sure yet.

    There was no sex and the F-bomb was used 4 times.

    As to the narration: Luke Daniels did a great job. Not only with all the voices but the emotions during his reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (534)

    In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Pohlish"
    "Awesome narrators. Terrible book.."
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    Six of the best narrators and even they couldn’t help this book.



    BLUE SKIES

    I thought this was going to be one book but I was sadly mistaken. This first story was about Olympia Onassis who let her doctor try something new with her brain and at first it was fine except she really didn’t want to be bothered with all the mumbo-jumbo of it all so she had the machine interface with a co-worker and he could just take care of everything, from making the homeless disappear, to her streets being clean, to all the graffiti being gone, etc, etc. Then she told him to take away everything that stressed her out, until she told him otherwise. Well, guess what? Everyone one earth disappeared. She was all that was left and she couldn’t reach anyone or anything to get her world back. She was left all alone in the world, with her pack of never-ending cigarettes. It was very weird. I hoped by the end of the entire book that she would have her stressful world back. I'll never know now.

    CHILD PLAY

    I don’t even know why I’m still listening to this book. This story is about Commander Rick Strong and his wife Cindy. They had the same kind of gadget in their brains as Olympia did in the first book. Rick used his all the time but Cindy was depressed so she didn’t want to even try to use hers. So, Rick suggested they try a “proxxid,” that’s a baby that’s not real but seems real. It was to see if they were ready to have real kids. And the kid’s life span can go as fast as you want it to. Their kids went from infancy to old age in a matter of months. Anyway, there was nothing to this story except Cindy’s depression and then somehow letting herself commit “reality suicide, and her mind was just gone and they had no idea what to do to get her back.

    TIME DROPS

    This was the most confusing and stupidest book of the three. I have to quite reading at 45%

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty Little Killers: The Keepers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rita Herron
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    Still haunted by his wife's murder - and stained by the blood of avenging it - FBI special agent Hatcher McGee can't believe he's being teamed up with rookie agent Korine Davenport. She is his most guilty secret - the one-night stand who almost cost him everything. Korine has her own demons. As a child, she witnessed her father's murder, and she's spent her life waiting for the killer's return. She and Hatcher are both looking for closure, but the disturbing case that draws them together could be their last.

    shelley says: "Nice start to a new series..."
    "OK read and barely OK narration.."
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    I read Slaughter Creek series by Ms. Herron and loved all 4 books AND this could have been good too if it hadn’t been for the constant sexual thoughts and feelings. If you're going to write a murder mystery forget about the sex.

    And, OMG, the guilt! Hatcher is so riddled with it. When his soon-to-be ex-wife called he didn’t take the call because he was having wild monkey sex with Korine and when the ex was kidnapped and murdered well, of course, he blamed himself, even though the ex was always a drama queen and Hatcher thought it was another one of THOSE calls, which it wasn't. Now he sees the ex everywhere, even in the passenger seat of his car, just above her headstone in the cemetery, and floating around the yard. It’s crazy.

    Overall, it was a good murder mystery but it could have been so much better, especially without all the pages and pages of sex. It should have been just a book about the murders, the serial killers, the kidnapper/torturer and a slight touch of romance. I was rolling my eyes at all the thoughts and feelings of pure unadulterated lust, and the sex I skipped completely.

    There was explicit sex. And the F-bomb was used 14 times.

    As to the narration: Andi Arndt is just okay for me. She needs to do better on her men’s voices and learn to put more emotions in her reading. When you’re in a forest and the bad guy is watching the house burn down that he thinks you’re in and you’re talking about how you’re going to take him down you definitely DON’T talk in a regular voice you whisper. When you don’t whisper you make the scene stupid. IMO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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