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Sidney

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  • I Hunt Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Barry Lyga
    • Narrated By Charlie Thurston
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    Jazz is a likable teenager. But he's also the son of a (now incarcerated) infamous serial killer, and "Dear Old Dad" has taught Jazz everything he knows. But what Jazz doesn't know is whether or not he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps. He knows he has urges, but he also knows that he has a conscience, that he can follow his own path. And so, in an effort to right his father's wrongs, Jazz decides to help the police (although they don't know it yet) hunt down "The Impressionist" - a new serial killer in town.

    Michelle says: "Loved This Book!"
    "Great Idea, Lousy Execution"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made I Hunt Killers better?

    Full of holes & poorly written. Felt like I was reading a story in a college literary mag. Another author (maybe Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben or even Lisa Gardner) could have done a much better job. I don't think I'll bother with another book from this author.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7184)
    Performance
    (6660)
    Story
    (6676)

    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"
    "Classic Stephen King"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What can I say; he is the master. Ten stars and the narration just added to it. Absolutley teriffic.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead by Midnight: The Dead By Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Beverly Barton
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    The last sounds Dean Wilson hears are a clock striking twelve and a killer’s taunting words. And his death is just the first. One by one, victims are stalked and shot at close range. Only the killer knows their sins, and who will be the next to die at midnight?

    Dreama says: "Awsome"
    "Absolutely horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Dead by Midnight better?

    From the narration to the sophomoric dialogue and the underlying prejudices…there is a decent story in there somewhere, but I couldn’t get through it. Had to stop it by a third of the way through.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7111)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5042)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Great Story BUT"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Kitchen House?

    I LOVED the story, but it's a sad one...and I'm not sure I should be crying my eyes out at 65 mph.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assumed Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Filled with nonstop suspense and stunning psychological insight, this is the story of Brendan Buchanan, undercover intelligence operative and master of over 200 false identities: a man forced to assume the most elusive and treacherous identity of all - his own. Tracking the most devastating conspiracy he has ever encountered, trapped by his love for two enigmatic, beautiful women, he will race through a sinister labyrinth of intrigue to a shattering rendezvous with fate….

    lloyd says: "alonzo"
    "Entertaining...for the most part"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Good story line, held my interest however the primarily entertaining plot with fairly engaging twists & turns is peppered with sophmoric and sometimes downright silly lines. The ending was so over-the-top with boy loves girl perfection it was ridiculous.

    The narration could have been better but it didn't add or detract from the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Morrell before, how does this one compare?

    Not sure that I would try another book by this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (643)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Just long & bad"
    Overall

    I read the reviews and it appears that either you really like this one or really hate it. I just can't see what there is to like. Weak plot (it took about 6 hours to figure out the main characters), completely lacking in excitment, over written (though I usually like the extra detail) and an ending that does nothing to foward any 'message' the author might be wanting to get across. Just an absolutley lousy read, never mind the horrible narration with the unrealistic and grating,over the top voices. Stay away from the author and the narrator ! Horrible, absolutley horrible.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (208)

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "First & Last"
    Overall

    This was my first Cornwall book...and my last. Less than one star.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Guy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (233)

    Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend's tavern, enjoys drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very different and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash. "Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she's gone."

    Dawn says: "Dawn"
    "Not so hot"
    Overall

    Dean Koontz is usually a toss up for me however I found this book corny, unrealistic & stilted. The characters were all only partially formed and it was just a really bad 9 hours. Adding to the issue was the narrator, he just never seemed to read any character right, but then how would he since Koontz never really let us get to know them. Though he gave is plenty of info on them (2/3 of the way through the book) they just turned out to be...corny (and I havn't used that word in years).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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