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mary

VENTURA, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Prior Bad Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (111)

    It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl's prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry, and puts the judge in grave danger.

    Patty says: "Couldn't Turn it Off"
    "maybe a 3 1/2"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a good book. I liked the main characters and their bantering back and forth. The story and the twists were good too. The narrator was too breathy when the characters were stressed. I don't remember him being this noticable in other readings.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1359)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "blah blah blah"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Barbara Kingsolver?

    I have and loved them.


    Has Flight Behavior turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really my genre. But I usually enjoy her books. I was shocked at how bad this book was.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her accent seemed to make the people sound simple minded, when they weren't.


    Any additional comments?

    She rambled sooooo long on stuff I had to fast forward. I dreaded listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evil at Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    Here Gretchen is still on the loose and Archie is still hospitalized after his ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong. They've entered a detente of sorts: Archie agrees not to kill himself if she agrees not to kill anyone else. But suddenly there's something else to contend with that might be worse - a zealous fan of Gretchen's, paying homage to the Beauty Killer by luring Archie and reporter Susan Ward to the scene of a grisly murder.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Average novel with irritating music thru-out"
    "what was that"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was not up to par with her last two books. The characters were so empty, they did not grab you. With the prior books, you really felt Archie's tension, pain, lust, and fear. He was too dull this time around. Very disappointed because I had been so excited to read the third installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23278)
    Performance
    (9899)
    Story
    (9971)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "3 and a half stars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the second half much better. The first half dragged on and I was so tempted to keep fast forwarding, but you needed to know all the characters. The subject matter was pretty boring until they got into the creepy stuff, then it took off. Narration was good, except the voice he did for Erika Berger sounded just like Mr Burns on the Simpsons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blonde

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Jayne Atkinson
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    She was an all-American girl who became a legend of unparalleled stature. She inspired the adoration of millions, and her life has beguiled generations of fans and fellow artists. The story of Norma Jeane Baker, better known by her studio name, Marilyn Monroe, has been dissected for more than three decades, but never has it been captured in a narrative as breathtaking and transforming as Blonde.

    C. Hutchinson says: "ARE YOU KIDDING ME? NO UNABRIDGED VERSION?"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Everything about this book was good. I am glad I listened to it because the narration was perfect. You cannot go wrong with JCO.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    gwennieg says: "Devil Bones"
    "no surprises"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was just what I expected and wanted in a book. Narration was good, story was good, and all was delivered nicely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (534)

    After years in a brutal marriage, Gailyn Campano knows how to accept violence and betrayal. But when she returns home to find an intruder holding her daughter hostage, a ferocious strength emerges within her battered soul - and before she knows it, a man lies dead on her floor.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating Mystery, Great Police Work"
    "bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not only was the story cheesey-bad, the narration was even worse. One of the worst books I have ever bought. I could not even finish it, so by the 4th hour I just hit fast forward until I got to the last few minutes and that was that.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Drop Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    Tennis has been very good to sports agent Myron Bolitar. He represents two of the hottest young stars in the game. But when his female player is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. Open and his male player becomes the prime suspect, Myron's got a whole new match to win. His investigation leads to an old murder, the mob, a crooked senator, a jealous mother, and someone who's determined to shut down his search for good.

    Jim says: "Funny, Intriguing, and Engaging"
    "i liked it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I first started this book, I did not think I would like it. The tennis thing was weird, since I have no interest in it. The story took off though. I laughed out loud in several places and I really liked the dry voice of the narrator, he added to the story. I am going to continue listening to this series as opposed to reading the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Case Histories: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (333)

    Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

    Carrie says: "Deftly written, completely original mystery"
    "Trippy book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked this book a lot, it was really different. At first, the story seemed disjointed. You are slowly introduced to the tie-ins but it comes together smoothly. The characters in the stories are explored and exposed. The ending was kind of abrupt, I thought I missed something. I liked the narrator. She had perfect delivery and emotion. I was looking forward to listening to the second in the series, but it is abridged. I don't do abridged. Instead I look forward to listening to the third in the series, which has been highly rated. Give this one a try.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patrick McGrath
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting - a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues -a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

    Mebythesea says: "So enjoyed this book!"
    "Looking for more by this author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a very good book. I will be reading more by this author. He kept it tense, mysterious, and lively. The narrator had such a perfect calm and unshakable voice, he made it seem like you were an important part of the story. It enhanced the book a lot. The story was short and to the point. An easy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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