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Geraldine

Horse Cave, KY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5224)
    Performance
    (3232)
    Story
    (3234)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Contrived Male Emotions"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book, but found the conflict situations a little strange until it hit me that the female author was assuming male reactions and assigning emotions to them. Unless the Irish are a bit more feminine than I ever thought, it doesn't ring true. Pass on this one unless you like a mild murder mystery.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper: Free Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (226)

    Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him--and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

    Dorothy says: "Reaper"
    "Interesting twist"
    Overall

    Considering this was free, I wasn't expecting much. I was surprised--the story line was interesting and flowed nicely to the conclusion. The author avoided the trap of expanding the storyline too much. The reader played the lead character well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tick Tock: Michael Bennett, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (557)

    New York City's number-one detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem: the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria, and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified. The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his 10 adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

    Chris says: "Another great listen!"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    Contrived plot, predictable action, and a gratutious love "dilemma" make this one of the worst books I've ever read. Unfortunately, was on a trip and forgot to download any other books, so I was stuck with this or the radio.

    Radio would have been a better choice, in retrospect.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10734)
    Performance
    (5604)
    Story
    (5651)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Despite the ending"
    Overall

    I rated this a three because it kept moving and the reader did a good job. Was a credible theory, but character development just wasn't up to King standards. The ending was poor--guess King needed to tie in the spiritualism that Lenny so fraudulently portrayed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Lord's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3017)
    Performance
    (2023)
    Story
    (2024)

    For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war - and the rightful First Lord of Alera. But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against them - using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

    Jason says: "Excellent conclusion"
    "Battles got boring"
    Overall

    Repetitive battles took up a lot of time and pages, but added nothing to the story. The character Ehren was ignored when he could have been developed a lot more. Maybe the loss of a few of the authors favorite characters would have made it less predictable.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

    Serra55 says: "Dangerous Waters"
    "Not the usual Koontz"
    Overall

    Its unusual because it is so bad. The writing sounds like him, but the notion of "subtext" and how he tries to relate it to the story really doesn't work. If you like Koontz and don't want to see him at his worse, avoid this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (496)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    RJT says: "And the ending?"
    "Ho Hum"
    Overall

    Grisham has done better. He had an opportunity here to really show what corporate America and insurance companies are doing to this country and decided to make write a "so what--learn to live with it" piece. I kept waiting for someone to step up and ACT, for gosh sakes, but it never happened. If this story was supposed to stir us to action, Grisham would make a poor coach. Didn't make me want to write my Congressman, or even go to vote.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (294)

    It's been 14 years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult 16-year-old. However, Thursday's got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed, and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what's going on: there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld.

    Tzungmay says: "As amazing as the previous ones!"
    "Move on"
    Overall

    True to the Sequel Curse, this one isn't worth the effort. Too bad, too, because I really liked the other literary world books by this author. This one is definitely not in the "good to go" book category, and will probably be forever consigned to "best left on the shelf."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (5254)
    Performance
    (1939)
    Story
    (1928)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "He's BACK!"
    Overall

    Okay, so the book started kind of slow and I wasn't really sure what had happened to Mr. King. I hadn't heard anything about the book before getting it, so I thought maybe a new outlook on writing was in the offing. And then, it hit. The King mystique that does it all with just a hint and let's you do the imagination part. Much better than some of his recent efforts that try to shock it to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (1924)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (912)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. In trying to avoid the deep suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes - who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac (which, of course, he is) - Dexter has had to slip further into his foolproof domestic disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his girlfriend, Rita, and her two children. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher?

    Tim says: "Deadly, Dreadful Dexter"
    "Nice 2nd"
    Overall

    As the second in the series, some background was needed to help a reader who missed the first book, but it wasn't overwhelming. This book expanded Dexter's character and included some very nice twists. The narrator does a nice job of presenting the emotionless Dexter without being totally apathetic to the action.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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