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Dawn

cosmocitygirl

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1698)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Jack Reacher said nothing..so I stopped listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He sucks at female voices!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I only got about 1/3 way through the book and I swear the author must have written "Jack Reacher said nothing" or "Reacher said nothing" about 102 times. I annoyed me to the point of not listening. Plus, had just seen the movie and figured it was not worth putting up with listening to that line 243 more times since I already knew the plot outcome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Randy L. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Cheryl Bentyne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar. Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970's, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Little Girl Blue reveals Karen's heartbreaking struggles with her mother, brother, and husband; the intimate disclosures she made to her closest friends; and much more.

    Pedro says: "Karen Carpenter's real story finally revealed!"
    "Bait and Switch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The writer leads you to believe he's got the inside track on Karen and her eating disorder but instead he goes on and on about the parents, and the family, and the family's friends, and their move to California, and Richard, and how he got into the music industry, and how karen started singing, and how the music industry took on the Carpenters, and their accounting practices... I've listened to 11.5hrs of this book, total amount of time that focused on Karen was 1hr. All you learn about Karen is that she was a tomboy, started out playing drums, and fell into her singing career, he doesn't even touch on her eating disorder. 11.5hrs and that's all I get?! Ridiculous! He should have called it THE CARPENTERS AND THEIR RISE TO THE TOP not THE LIFE OF KAREN CARPENTER. This book is a total fraud.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2662)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2432)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Two Stories In One, But Ony One Of Them Was Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The story that the book begins with (set in the 1940's when the German's occupied France) is amazing. The second part of the story (set in present day) is totally stupid and disjointed. There was no good reason for her to break this up as she did. This book would have been a best seller had she just stuck with the first story. I give about 1/2 to 3/4's of the book 5 stars (thankfully they refer back to the first story later on in the book) and the other 1/4 -1/2 of the book a big fat 2 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Now You See Her

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (244)

    A talented painter in her early thirties, Samille Sweeney has achieved enviable success. Her work sells at an exclusive New York City gallery and her popularity is at an all-time high when she begins to experience lush, vivid dreams drenched in vibrant hues that influence her artwork. When Sweeney paints a graphic murder scene that mirrors a recent real-life murder, she is thrust into suspicious light.

    Amazon Customer says: "Finally Unabridged Format"
    "The worst"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Howard again?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This has got to be one of the worst books by Linda Howard. No storyline, no character development, nothing but unromantic sex. Maybe she was trying to cash in on the whole 50 Shades of Grey craze. If you just want to hear about 2 people getting it on with little to no build up, than this is your book. Don't get me wrong, I like a good sex scene I just prefer it to have a good storyline attached to it and not just placed in their gratuitiously throughout the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12483)
    Performance
    (4872)
    Story
    (4908)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "5 Stars Are You Serious People!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    What is up with these old men who write medieval novels and their fascination with writing raunchy and violent sex scenes throughout their books? First there was Game of Thrones, now it’s Pillars of the Earth. I’m just going to stop purchasing Medieval based novels if they are written by white men over the age of 50. And what is up with all the rave reviews! Hello people, I mean the narrator is great and there may be a good story hidden in between all the rapes and bed hopping but I don’t want to dredge through all the muck to find it… oh yeah, and (Spoiler Alert) after Tom’s wife kicks the bucket (after the birth of their son) he proceeds to have sex with another woman not 5 hours after he buries her and leaves the newborn on top of the wife’s shallow grave for some animal to wander by and eat it (since he figures he can’t care for it properly). Then after forcing myself to get past the horribly explicit detailed rape scene with Aliena (who is all of 15 I think) she then escapes from the douchebag rapists only to get thrown in a jail house… after that I stopped listening. The “good people” seemed to always get thrown into some God awful situation and the villains seemed to always get away with murder… and rape. However, after taking a good long break from listening, I thought I might give it another go thinking there wouldn’t be any more violent rape scenes to deal with and he would get to the meat of the story. Not true. After reading some other reviews, guess what, there are more rape scenes to come. Thus, I’ve decided not to subject myself to any more of this writer’s sick and twisted fantasies (fyi… writing about a rape once in a story = part of the plot; writing multiple rape scenes within a story= a way for a writer to live out his sick fantasies). So good riddens Ken Follett as I do not need those images playing around in my head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2795)
    Performance
    (1915)
    Story
    (1907)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Narration is everything"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    Not if it had female characters in it.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration sort of killed it for me. He did good with the male voices but the females voices (especially Nathan's love interest) he mangled it by sounding like a guy using a lisp. If you can get past that, which I was able to due to the fact his love interest's character was only in the first half, then it is a pretty good listen, though I'd imagine a way better read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10552)
    Performance
    (9579)
    Story
    (9599)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Twilight Zone meets Dune"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book is probably good for sci-fi fans but it is not a scary horror novel (as some of the reviews stated).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (596)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "If you've seen the movie don't get this."
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The story is fabulous and the narration is great but if you've watched the movie (and as many times as I have) I would not recommend wasting a credit on this. Usually there is so much more to a book than the movie, as movies never have the time to capture everything in the book, but not this time. This time the book and the movie are practically identical, even in the characters dialogue. However, if it has been forever since you have seen the movie or have never seen it (due to being in a convent) I would highly recommend listening to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13112)
    Performance
    (5556)
    Story
    (5622)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Amazing story, Amazing narrators"
    Overall

    I normally prefer to read books myself as I love to create the character's voices in my head. However, this is one book I could not have done a better job at narrating. John Randolph Jones does such a great job conveying Jacob at 93 and David LeDoux has an incredible array of voices he uses to correctly portray each character which gives them such personality. Add to the fact this story is brilliantly written and you have one great audio book. This is one book I would highly recommend to be listened to instead of read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boleyn Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Dagmara Dominczyk, Ruthie Henshall
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about a court ruled by the gallows and three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power - as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror. Once again, Philippa Gregory has brought a vanished world to life: the whisper of a silk skirt on a stone stair, the yellow glow of candlelight illuminating a hastily written note, the murmurs of the crowd gathering on Tower Green below the newly built scaffold.

    Teddy says: "Simply Awed...."
    "Amazing story and narration. Highly Recommend"
    Overall

    The three women that read this draw you into their lives so much that you can almost feel what they are feeling. Philippa gives us another winner. I can see this working better as an audiobook then a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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