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Denise

Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.

Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (676)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Yep, It's Broken"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Natalie Ross?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    Poor writing - the day was as cool and wet as being in a dog's nose - are you kidding me?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Over acting


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

    It made me appreciate good writing even more.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Return: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Håkan Nesser
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    While on a field trip through the woods on the outskirts of Behren, a young girl stumbles upon a decomposing body wrapped in a carpet and lying in a ditch. The body has no hands, feet, or head, but this was not the work of wild animals. A brutal killer is on the loose, but who is the victim? From the hospital bed where he is recovering from surgery, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren begins to piece together the fragmentary clues that involve a nun who hides a secret, a crippled woman, the murders of two other women, and a missing former track star who served two sentences for murder....

    Denise says: "So boring!"
    "So boring!"
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    Story

    Okay, so I though this might be another Jo Nesbo - NOT! I am a couple of hours into it and after a promising opening, I am bored out of my mind. The narration is flat - I can't tell the characters apart and at this point, I don't even care. It might get better, but I'm not chancing it - there are too many other great books out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2146)
    Performance
    (1473)
    Story
    (1482)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "Wow!! I Never Expected This to be So Amazing!!!"
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    I've listened to hundreds of audio books and typically go for great mysteries. But this was one of the most gripping stories I have ever heard - I was gasping and cheering out loud! Simon Prebble's narration was truly magnificent and the story is beyond fascinating and incredible.

    This is a book I think everyone should listen to - for the lessons in leadership, loyalty, and the amazing human spirit. I don't know how this would play out if it happened today - far worse I suspect.

    If you are considering this one - please, please get it - you will not be sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (387)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "????? Subpar - much better choices out there."
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    I saw all these great reviews and snagged this one, excited to find a new series. I love Tana French, for example. But this is brutally boring. I've been listening for a couple of hours and am already ditching it to go to my Harry Hole and Dept. Q series. There are so many better books! If I get crazy and return to it, I'll update my review, but so far - a deep disappointment. I gave it two stars to be fair to the narrator who doesn't deserved to be punished for poor material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1059)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    linda says: "Eerie, Relentless, Riveting"
    "I didn't want this one to end!"
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    This is one of those audio books that I hated to put down. In fact, when I was traveling and didn't have my iPod, I downloaded the e-book so I could read it on my laptop. It's that good. Haunting, beautiful, deadly. For days afterward I was still thinking about it.

    I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away. The characters are fascinating. If you like good, dark mysteries, you'll love this. And make sure you download the accompanying PDF - the pictures there add to the story. I LOVED this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kings of the Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jon Clinch
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo, Ken Marks, Alan Nebelthau, and others
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Author of the award-winning novel Finn, Jon Clinch has drawn favorable comparisons to William Faulkner. With Kings of the Earth, he takes listeners to an upstate New York farm where the three Procter brothers live in stasis. When one dies in his sleep, the other two are soon suspected of murder.

    Carolyn says: "Insightful"
    "Depressing"
    Overall
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    Story

    Clearly I'm no learned critic. I found this story of poverty and filth and death terribly depressing. There were few characters to like and no excellence to be achieved. Lots of plodding through a painful and dreary existence. Ugh. No light at the end of this tunnel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (650)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "Fascinating (and who doesn't love Pendergast?)"
    Overall
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    I thought this book was a great story as well as a tour de force of the imagination. The images were vivid and luxurious - I loved it. I only have one complaint - there were several passage the narrator read twice. What the heck? Annoying and something I haven't had happen before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (513)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "What Might Have Been"
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    I really liked the premise of this book - kids and parents and computing. How worried the parents are and the moral choices they must make. But I found the unrealistic intertwining of the lives of all the characters too contrived. At the end I remember thinking, "Are you kidding me? This could have been so good!!!"

    That said, it will probably be made into a movie. Isn't that why we all read? Most movies these days stink.

    This book could have been great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaids Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Graham Roberts
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (359)

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    Barbara says: "Not for the squeamish"
    "Didn't Have to Be So Graphic"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Mermaids Singing? What did you like least?

    I'm all in for the violent murder. I watch true crime on TV and most of what I listen to here involves a murder. But this was unnecessarily sick. Shock value to make up for average writing? I think the title was more intriguing than the book.

    And the mystery wasn't that great a mystery. I also wondered why the narrator often said he when she was the correct pronoun. At first I found it confusing, then I thought maybe it was a reference to all the gender bending. Then I decided I might be losing my mind. I still have no clue.

    I'd say there are loads of better books out there. No need to subject yourself to these really gross descriptions of sadism and torture.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2829)
    Performance
    (2620)
    Story
    (2627)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "AMAZING Narration!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    This was a good horror romp (the main character should have died like 5 times, but what the heck). What really made it memorable was the narration. I could just see the creepy characters while listening to her. A fantastic performance. And Joe Hill has a wonderful imagination just like his Pop. If you like creepy, you'll like this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1308)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "I couldn't stop listening"
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    What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    That's my guide - plain and simple. Does it hook me pretty soon? Do I get excited at the thought of taking it up again? This one did it for me - I kept thinking - find her! Find her! If I'm that into it - it's usually pretty good. Isn't that what you want in a good mystery?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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