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Leticia A Olivarez

Austin, TX United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (241)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Really? Seriously?"
    Overall

    I've waited a long time for a Boliter (audio) book and am a HUGE Coben fan; but I, too, am struggling to listen to the remainder of the book. I agree with the others - no offense, Mr. Weber, but you may have wanted to listen to the previous Coben audiobooks to understand how to bring the Myron and others to life. The plot....ehhh - this is not one of Coben's best.....next! Seriously disappointed......

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2269)
    Performance
    (1908)
    Story
    (1925)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Awful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Touch & Go better?

    Better plot -


    Has Touch & Go turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, but the author


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elisabeth Rodgers?

    Not Elisabeth's fault it was a horrible story


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

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Hour: A Lincoln Perry Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Whisper Ridge, a multimillion-dollar architectural project built to house paroled murderers, was the passion of Alexandra Sanabria, the daughter of a deceased Mafia don. But the program never got off the ground. Uninhabited but also kept off the market, with taxes paid by a legal trust that Sanabria established just before she and her husband left town, the home remains as a strange monument to dangerous secrets.

    Dave Staats says: "Scott Brick cost this one a star."
    "Can Scott Brick be any more dramatic?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am a Scott Brick fan, but for whatever reason -- the over dramatic style of his ready was awful! I have been enjoyed the Michael Koryta Lincoln Perry mystery; but I had to stop the audio book mid-way due to the narration....


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

    I agree with the other reviewers when they said that Scott Brick distracted from the story... maybe someday I'll return to the book... right now, I'm Scott Bricked out!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of a Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Tadd Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm doing background research for the partners. It's not that he isn't smart. He is. It's just that hard work, the whole legal world, isn't really his thing. Underachiever? Yes. Content? At least until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.

    Battman says: "It's No Andy Carpenter"
    "Really? So disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was not well spent. I was very disappointed in the narrator and the storyline. It is very unoriginal.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful imitation of females; monotone reading and just plain flat.


    Was Heart of a Killer worth the listening time?

    No, but I needed closure...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Borrowed Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Chris Ensweiler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Richard Kilmer is head over heels in love with Jennifer Ryan, who takes him home to meet her parents, where she accepts his marriage proposal. While visiting, they set out on a nostalgic drive up to Kendrick Falls. On their way, a freak storm rolls in, Richard loses control of his car, and it rolls. When the storm clears in a matter of seconds, Jen is gone. Richard can't find her, and neither can the police who respond to the scene.

    Rowan Mangan says: "Not enough dogs!"
    "Just flat..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made On Borrowed Time better?

    I agree with Karen -- the book went on forever and ever and ever.... agonizing details, etc.... great narrator, just could not get into the premise.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2181)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (720)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Save your credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Digital Fortress better?

    Better Plot


    Has Digital Fortress turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I won't be reading, er listening to any more Dan Brown.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Digital Fortress?

    none.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons so I was hopeful this would be as thrilling! *Yawn* - it was awful, I waiting for it to get exciting, after 3/4 of the way thru... I decided that I would just finish what I started. Narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Afraid of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Grippando
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Then: Sergeant Vince Paulo held his best friend's daughter, McKenna, bleeding in his arms as she uttered the name of her murderer and ex-boyfriend, Jamal. That was minutes before a blast made everything go black for Vince - forever. Now: Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck has been called in to save Jamal from the death penalty for terrorist activity. Despite urgent warnings from his fiancee, undercover FBI agent Andie Henning, to stay away from the case, Jack finds himself inextricably drawn to Jamal's past - even believing his alibi that he was abducted....

    Amazon Customer says: "great read with a lott of surprises along the way"
    "Really?"
    Overall

    Wow! This was a major disappointment for James Grippando - I'm glad that I used a credit on this one..I actually contemplated asking for a refund of my credit. Talk about unoriginal and boring. Did he just read the papers; cut and paste into a "book/novel"... seriously? You have lost a fan Mr. Gripppando.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • True Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (417)

    Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

    Stephen says: "No connection to new heroine"
    "Agony"
    Overall

    I'm new to David Bladacci and was blown away with Absolute Power. This was my second book and it was very, very disappointing. It was just bad the whole story line, plot -- so bland.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    When prosecutor Vicki Allegretti arrives at a rowhouse to meet a confidential informant, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is almost shot to death. She barely escapes with her life, but cannot save the two others gunned down before her disbelieving eyes. Stunned and heartbroken, Vicki tries to figure out how a routine meeting on a minor case became a double homicide.

    Joel says: "Good story but narrator detracted"
    "Don't bother..."
    Overall

    I also agree with some of the other reviewers -- I enjoyed Barbara Robsenblatt's voice in Scottoline’s “Daddy’s Girl”, so I purchased this book. Her performance was not the same -- all of her voice changes to fit the characters...and that sucking noise -- ugh.

    As far as the story -- it just dragged on and on...I kept waiting for the storyline to 'grab me' and keep me interested ....never happened. The immaturity of the main character was very difficult to get past -- I don’t think I’ll be wasting any more time with this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (462)

    A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Good thriller"
    "Weak"
    Overall

    I agree with the above reviewer. I was disappointed -- this story line was weak. I have (almost) read all of the Bosch stories also and was anticipating this release, but it just isn't up to par.

    Kudos to narrator....

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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