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Glenda Jeffers

There are few things in life better than losing yourself completely in a really exceptional story.

Indiana, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • Safe House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (360)

    When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash, he is told that Lena - the gorgeous blonde woman who was on the back of his bike - doesn't exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her? Convinced that Lena is as real as he is, Rob teams up with Rebecca Lewis - a London-based PI who has a mysterious connection to Laura - to follow the clues. He learns that even a close-knit community like the Isle of Man can hide dangerous secrets that will not stay safe forever.

    Dave says: "Intriguing twists and turns"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"
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    Every new chapter was more engrossing than the last, and what a ride! Once I began reading, it was nearly impossible to put down. This is a clever, brilliantly-crafted thriller with great characters and more than a few twists. Two enthusiastic thumbs-up!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (958)

    The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

    W. Perry Hall says: ""Well, Mr. Secret Revealer!""
    "Um, no"
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    I'm giving this book an average rating only because I've read much worse from other well-known authors but honestly, what a letdown. Coben's written some great thrillers (and also a few turkeys) but this isn't one of them. The storyline wasn't as much suspenseful as it was improbable and dull (I've had better scripted dreams), and I didn't particularly care about any of the characters either. The prologue just made matters worse.

    The narration (NOT by Scott Brick, by the way, which one of the reviewers named) was average as well, but when you factor in what he had to work with, I can't fault him too much.

    I could go down the line and list the holes and problems with this book (ie, EMS personnel do not hand out pills to patients to take home with them, for heaven's sake), but why bother. Simply put, not really worth a credit. Wait for a few years when it goes on sale, then spend $3 on it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19273)
    Performance
    (9335)
    Story
    (9375)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Bravo!"
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    Omigosh, I hardly know what to do with myself now that I've finished this magnificent trilogy! After such a brilliantly written masterpiece performed to perfection by Simon Vance, I fear that any novel I pick up in the future will automatically fall short by comparison. I can't remember being so completely swept away by a story.

    This novel continues the story of Lisabeth Salander and the conspiracy to silence her, leading to imprisonment in a mental institution in adolescence and under guardianship in adulthood. But Lisabeth is no shrinking violet...she has multiple talents and has developed resources, and she goes after her captors with a vengeance! In addition, she has attracted supporters from various sources who are also uncovering the multiple layers of this vast conspiracy.

    The characters are richly developed and completely plausible, as is the storyline, and the narration by Simon Vance is perfection personified. Just as with the first two books, the action is taut and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I absolutely loved this story.

    As most readers know, this trilogy was published posthumously as the author died prematurely and unexpectedly at the age of 50. I have read that he continued this story and had finished a fourth and fifth novel prior to his death, but due to lawsuits involving his estate between his relatives and his girlfriend of many years, they have yet to be published. I fervently hope they are able to resolve their differences as I'd love the chance to uncover the mystery behind Lisabeth's twin sister and her connection in the plot. This third book "finishes" the conspiracy satisfactorily, but knowing that the author had yet more surprises up his sleeve is driving me crazy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19709)
    Performance
    (9461)
    Story
    (9489)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Without a doubt, one of the most brilliantly written books I've ever read. I'm at a loss how to describe this trilogy without using the words magnificent, flawless, and brilliant. You will fall in love with the protagonists despite their many flaws, and you will despise the bad guys with a passion, of which there are many.

    This story continues the saga of Lisabeth Salander and her hero, Mikael Blomquist, as they fight jointly and often separately to break the conspiracy that landed Lisabeth in a mental hospital at the age of 12 and now has her under guardianship. There are multiple layers to this juicy adventure, each more fascinating than the last. The action really gets going in this second book and if you're like me, you will find it nearly impossible to put down. I can't remember when I've had a better time listening to a book, and Simon Vance's performance is spot-on. He was absolutely the perfect choice, as flawless with his narration as the author was with his writing.

    Hands down, one of the best thrillers I've ever read and it breaks my heart to know that this author is no longer with us. This trilogy, in fact, was published posthumously so he never knew the accolades he would receive for this magnificent work. His premature death at the age of 50 no doubt robbed us all of future literary masterpieces.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24845)
    Performance
    (11301)
    Story
    (11378)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "What's better than awesome??"
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    I don't possess enough superlatives to describe how in-love with this trilogy I am. The writing is so brilliant and Simon Vance was T-H-E perfect choice as narrator. If there is one word of caution, it would be this: Don't get bogged down with all of the lineage of the Vangor family, thinking I'll never be able to keep all of these relatives straight. For one thing, it eventually narrows to a relative few key players, and for another, it becomes easier as the plot develops. I only mention this because it was an initial concern for me but once I relaxed and just enjoyed the ride, the book became impossible for me to put down and I discovered that I was never lost. You will, however, get completely lost in this story and these delicious characters, divorced from your own life as the story takes wing and carries you away. And the best part? Books two and three are waiting for you, and they are every bit as artfully crafted and skillfully narrated as this one. I almost envy you the joy of discovery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3473)
    Performance
    (3006)
    Story
    (3022)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Worthy of a Credit"
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    Will Robie continues to play the unlikely role of protagonist in this series as a top-line hitman, who is now tasked with taking out his female equivalent, Jessica Reel. Branded a traitor, Reel is following her own agenda and is acutely aware that Robie is on her trail. But is she a traitor, or are things not as they appear? You'll have to read it to find out.

    While I think this book is credit-worthy, I think overall it's just average. I keep hoping Baldacci will rediscover the magic he had when he wrote "Absolute Power", which was such a superbly written story, with rich characters and an inspired, suspenseful plot. I've read several of his later books and none of them have recaptured the brilliance of that novel.

    That said, it's a moderately entertaining story with some surprising twists and turns, and the pacing is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25524)
    Performance
    (21215)
    Story
    (21198)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Brilliant Novel"
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    After reading the reviews comparing this to "Rear Window" and "Gone Girl", two of my favorite stories, how could I not check this out? I was delighted to discover that the reviewers were right on-target. While elements of both stories were there, the author put her own unique stamp on this book, making this story uniquely her own.

    The main character, Rachel, is an unreliable train-wreck. She can't gain traction in the present because she's mired in the past. The few people in her life are becoming increasingly frustrated with her inertia, drinking, and behavior. As she rides the train every day, she obsesses over a couple she can view from her window seat who live in her old neighborhood. Then one day, she spots something unusual and the ride intensifies - for her and for the reader. There are so many wonderful twists and surprises, and I'll let you discover them for yourself as I did.

    The narrators did a fabulous job as well, matching mood and inflection perfectly.

    I highly recommend this novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Half

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (281)

    Best-selling author Thad Beaumont would like to say he has nothing to do with the evil that has resulted in a series of monstrous murders. But he can't. He created it.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. Above average crime suspense."
    "Skip This One"
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    As an SK fan, I never thought I'd advise anyone to skip one of his novels. Though they're all quite different - his talents really do run the gamut, unlike most authors - there's the King thread that winds through them all, and that's the Midas touch. This book, however, didn't contain that same thread or Midas touch. In fact, it didn't read like a King book at all. The character development, narrative flow, and descriptive flourishes were flat and lifeless. Nothing special, nothing memorable.

    In brief, and without giving anything away, this story is about a pseudonym coming to life and creating havoc in it's wake, not the least of which is reserved for the author who inadvertently breathed life into him. Like a Stephen King novel, there's a protagonist who's surrounded by the supernatural and horror. Unlike a King novel, my reaction throughout was, "Is this thing ever going to end?" Talk about verbal flatulence...I thought some scenes, many of which took place only in the protagonist's head, would never end.

    The dialogue, which contained little of the witty repartee and cleverness I've grown to know, love and recognize, seemed stilted and almost amateurish at points. And while you have to suspend most of the usual rules regarding order and logic with an SK book, characters still need convincing reasons to behave in certain ways. I had a lot of problems with the villain's actions, for instance. They seemed counterproductive to his ultimate aim.

    The good news is, there's always a new SK book in the works. I'd save my money towards that one, and skip this particular odd lemon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (2963)
    Story
    (2965)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Didn't Work For Me"
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    I hate giving bad reviews but I spent a credit on this turkey based on some of the positive reviews I read, and then felt misled. I was bored from start to finish, and the only light at the end of the tunnel was the promise of a kick-ass reveal in the end. Well, that most certainly didn't happen. I'd have bought any number of explanations...except the one given. But honestly, I'd mostly checked-out by then anyway.

    In addition to a protagonist who I felt was never fully fleshed-out and therefore, unsympathetic, the storyline plodded along at the pace of paint drying. The writing was just average; not good enough to be inspired nor bad enough to be amateurish.

    Regarding the narrator, he did a decent job given what he had to work with, so I can't fault him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

    Cecil says: "What a sleeper - I could not finish it"
    "Riveting Cat-and-Mouse Chase Story"
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    I love Gregg Hurwitz's books anyway but his writing just keeps getting better all the time. "Don't Look Back" is the ultimate, spine-tingling cat-and-mouse story, and will keep you glued to the pages. The protagonist is an unlikely heroine but proves her mettle when severely tested, and the bad guy, who is evil incarnate, is relentless. That's all of the storyline you're going to get from me...I wouldn't want to spoil a second of this adventure for anyone.

    I devoured this book the first time through because I couldn't wait to find out how it ended, so I'm actually re-reading it already, this time savoring every delicious detail. "Don't Look Back" is definitely my favorite book on this summer's reading list.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Even

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    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

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