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Glenda Jeffers

Reading, for me, is one of life's greatest pleasures. I love discovering new authors. My favorite genre is suspense/mystery fiction.

Indiana, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • Dead Even

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Sara Tate, Manhattan district attorney, has grabbed a case that could make her career. She¹s smart, tough, and sure to get a conviction ...until Jared, her husband and a powerful defense attorney, is hired by the other side. But Sara doesn¹t know Jared has been warned to get his client off or she will be killed. Hiding desperate motives, the two begin a vicious battle in court and at home. For Sara has a terrible secret too ...and both soon face an unthinkable truth: No matter who wins, the other may die.

    Michael says: "The Best Meltzer"
    "Just Average from a Exceptional Author"
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    Coming off a high after reading The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer, I had great expectations for "Dead Even". Alas, it was a big disappointment. New ADA Sara Tate, her job in peril from announced budget cuts, steals a case earmarked for a senior, highly-respected ADA in hopes of gaining attention and job security. Her husband, a defense attorney, winds up on the opposite side of the case when he is forced to represent the defendant and ordered to win the case by nefarious principals who threaten to kill his wife if he loses. Sara, in turn, is approached by her own thug, a "sunken-cheeked" man, who issues a similar threat, proposing to kill her husband if SHE loses the case. Uh-huh. And, of course, in order to protect the other, neither spouse reveals their respective threats to each other, setting up one debacle after another.

    There are a number of things wrong with this book, starting with the fact that neither one of the protagonists are especially sympathetic or likable characters. They never felt "real" to me, they made incredibly dumb decisions for highly-educated people, and in the end, I wasn't invested in whether they triumphed or not. That's a huge problem to overcome. And the end of the story unraveled rather than unfolded. Everyone - protagonists and antagonists alike - started making ridiculous speeches and bone-headed moves (reminded me of the line of some movie: "If you're gonna talk, talk; if you're gonna shoot, shoot!"), and I didn't buy a second of it. The last hour was fairly excruciating but somehow, I slogged through it.

    This book will undoubtedly appeal to some, and to you, I say I'm happy for you. But it didn't work at all for me. Especially from such a talented author as Brad Meltzer. Scott Brick does his best, as always, with the performance. I just wonder if he was as bored during the reading of it as I was with the listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.

    Glenn says: "EASILY as good as Grisham"
    "What a Wonderful Ride!"
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    I just loved this book, period, and Scott Brick's performance was, as always, perfection. The storyline, with two brothers as the protagonists, a cast of questionable characters whose motives you're never entirely sure of until the end, and some goosebump-inducing villains who relentlessly chase our heroes, The Millionaires is pure edge-of-your-seat fun! This novel has it all...excellent character development, unique plot with the requisite twists-and-turns you'd expect from a great thriller, and wonderfully smart and witty dialogue.

    I loved the relationship between the brothers, and Meltzer does an excellent job of making their relationship seem authentic and engaging. They aren't really the kind of guys you'd expect to conspire to stealing $3 million dollars but given the unique circumstances behind the money, it hardly even seems like a "crime" in this case. In fact, as one of the peripheral characters points out, there's only two kinds of "perfect" crimes: 1. One in which the criminal dies; or 2. One in which no one even knows a crime has been committed. The brothers are banking on the latter. But, of course, as these things have a way of doing, it goes awry right out of the gate. The action is fast-paced, relentless, and you won't want to put it down.

    As far as the performance, Scott Brick is one of my most favorite narrators, and he was the perfect choice for this smart, sexy novel. He's got fantastic material to work with here, and doesn't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me You're Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kevin O'Brien
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Separate incidents with two common threads - a first wife who took her own life, and a secret the victims took to their graves. Stephanie Coburn has barely recovered from her sister's mysterious suicide before her brother-in-law and his new wife are murdered, her face disfigured beyond recognition. Stephanie never met the bride, has never even seen a clear photograph. But she knew her sister, and she knows something is desperately wrong.

    Sharon says: "I am really, really sorry."
    "I'm Sorry Alright"
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    If you waste a credit on "Tell Me You're Sorry", you'll be sorry alright. I plodded through 3 hrs of this turkey, hating nearly every minute of it, before I finally pulled the plug. This hot mess will have you saying, "God, this is awwwful!" every 5 mins. or so. The story, the performance, the everything about this, is boredom personified.

    I wish I could find a silver lining, something positive to say, but honestly, I couldn't possibly care less who killed whom, let alone the why of it. And the narration...gah! It was like adding insult to injury. This guy can't do character voices, period. Everyone ends up sounding snobbish with only slight variations, even when they're supposed to be sympathetic. His performance was as ghastly as the author's work so, I suppose, in a horrible twist of fate, they were perfect for each other.

    There are too many great novels out there to waste your time or money on this tripe. I don't know if this author has other works to his credit or not, as you couldn't pay me to try another one of his creations, but this one is simply awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2188)
    Story
    (2204)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Riveting Read"
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    I really enjoy Gillian Flynn's writing, and this is no exception. She creates characters who are deeply flawed and relatable, and her storylines are riveting and unique. This is a whodunit, and while the action isn't fast-paced, she does a great job of moving the plot so that it captures and retains your attention. The narrator gives a superb performance, creating distinct voices for each character that makes them easily recognizable.

    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
    (5814)
    Performance
    (5383)
    Story
    (5404)

    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"
    "Love at first sight!"
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    I loved The Shining and couldn't imagine how Stephen King could come up with an equally awesome sequel, but awesome it is! This novel is full of fun surprises and S-curves, and I had a blast from start to finish. Will Patton does a terrific job, in my opinion, performing all of the various characters and conveying the appropriate mood for each scene.

    If you like suspense - and even if you've never read The Shining - I highly recommend Doctor Sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (1941)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (838)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Didn't work for me"
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    In short, this book didn't work for me on a number of fronts. It began with promise but went to hell about one-quarter of the way through, until I lost interest entirely. It didn't scare me, although that would have been nice. On the contrary, it bored me. I couldn't become invested in any of the main characters, the storyline belched and finally stalled-out, and the techno-noise inserted randomly in places invariably startled and annoyed me every time.

    It's apparent to me that the author has the talent to construct a good novel....but this isn't it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gerald's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (162)

    On a warm October day, Jessie Burlingame lies in the bedroom of her secluded lake home, listening to the far-off sounds of the country; the cry of a loon, the growl of a chain saw, the bark of a lonesome dog. Nearer, she hears the banging of the screen door, left unlatched in the autumn breeze; nearer still, the click of the key locking the second pair of handcuffs that chain her to the bed.

    Suzn F says: "Until the Climax"
    "Skip this one!"
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    I'm definitely going to be demanding my credit back for this mind-numbing turkey. I'll keep this brief. The storyline started on a high note but took a nosedive and kept tumbling. The narrator had little to work with, that's true, but was still horrible. Stephen King's books are among some of my favorites, but NOT this one! That he's responsible for this monstrosity is unbelievable. And finally, if I ever again hear the phrase, "Only this and nothing more", I'll probably lose my s*@t!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2253)
    Performance
    (1928)
    Story
    (1913)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "High-Tension Excitement!"
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    This is Book 4 in the Dublin Murder Squad series, and in my opinion, the absolute best of the lot. But if you've not read books 1-3 (and you really should just because they're so wonderful), no worries. As it's not a continuing saga in the traditional sense, you won't be at all lost or confused not having read any that came before. In fact, you could start with Book 4, then read Book 2 or 1 or 3, in no particular order, each being an entirely separate and unique storyline independent of each other.

    While as I said, the others were wonderful, Broken Harbor is truly something special. It starts out strong, then continues to build all the way through, never faltering, never slowing. The storyline is unique and inspired. It was maddening to have to put it down for awhile when real life intruded! The writing is masterful, and the scenes are heartbreakingly vivid and tender. The characters are superbly developed and given flesh, each with their own talents and frailties, secrets and aspirations.

    If you've never had the pleasure of reading Tana French before, you're in for quite a treat. And if I were you, I'd start with Broken Harbor. But then again, I always start every meal with dessert!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crank

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (184)

    Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, she meets a boy who introduces her to crank. At first she finds it freeing, but soon Kristina's personality disappears inside the drug. What began as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul, and her life.

    Cindy Brown says: "Good just not for kids"
    "Disappointing"
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    I'd heard nothing about this book or the author prior to investing a credit, but the title and synopsis sounded intriguing. Now having wasted 4+ hrs. listening to it, I can report without hesitation that there is nothing worthy of intrigue here. The writing is bizarre, particularly the initial chapters, consisting of nonsensical metaphors, mixed metaphors, and similes, as if the "assignment" was to construct a work of fiction with "X" number of literary devices contained within, regardless of the appropriateness of said devices. Then add to this confusing word salad the cadence, which is strangely poetical in nature, rather than literary. Two- and three-word sentences abound, and the choppiness is both distracting and obnoxious.

    Regarding the plot, who cares? The main character, a teenaged girl, is never fully developed and to wit, I was never able to truly empathize with her. Her friends, especially "Buddy"/"Adam", are more caricatures of humans rather than fully human, as are her parents, siblings and everyone else in the cast. My basic rule of thumb is, if I don't "buy" the characters, I'm certainly not going to buy anything that happens to them. And I didn't.

    I actually made it all the way to the end, but only because it's approx. 4 hrs. in length. If it had lasted any longer, I'd have shelved it permanently following the concluding sentence of Chap. 1. I hoped, of course, that it would get better. It doesn't. If you're in the market for a novel that depicts teenaged experimentation with street drugs that grabs your attention, this is not that book. This is, unfortunately, amateurish shlock that will only succeed in boring you to tears and wasting your credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Outstanding!"
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    I had low expectations for this book. In fact, I let it reside on my MP3 player for quite some time, leaving it for the last. Boy, was I ever wrong! Once I grudgingly started it, I couldn't put it down. Everything about this novel is top-notch, from the story to the narration. It tells the story of what it's like to be the only child of hoarders, from childhood to adulthood, and how it changes who you are. There are struggles and anger, but there is also undying love and guarded hopefulness. I cried more than a few times throughout this superb novel, but there were laughs too.

    This novel will stay with me for a long time and eventually, I'll re-read it. It was that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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