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MILL VALLEY, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 10th Anniversary: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (863)

    Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals - but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.

    Kindle Customer says: "Not as good as usual"
    "Dreadful"
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    James Patterson is lucky he can coast on his reputation. I should never would have purchased this "book." Carolyn McCormick is the WORST narrator. She speaks SO slowly. Her female voices make all the women sound like high pitched whiners.. They also all sound the same. Her male impersonation is even worse.

    I might have been able to muster up a few more stars for the story line but McCormick just ruined the experience for me. Patterson should rehire a new narrator and re-voice all of his Women's murder club books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Mental Training: A Guide to Performance Excellence, Collector's Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By D. C. Gonzalez
    • Narrated By D. C. Gonzalez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (280)

    Achieve the champion mindset for peak performance. Reach new levels of success and mental toughness with this ultimate guide. Learn the "Science of Success" and prepare to excel. In this concise and highly acclaimed training guide, Peak Performance Coach DC Gonzalez teaches a blend of unique mental training technologies, sports psychology essentials, and peak performance methods that are effective and motivational. Get ready to increase your self-belief, self-confidence, and mental toughness using this powerful guide designed to help you reach new levels of success, sports performance and personal development.

    Sara says: "Sports Psychology Excellence"
    "Every other chapter was decent"
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    Would you try another book from D. C. Gonzalez and/or D. C. Gonzalez?

    I would not try another book from this author. I buy audible books to listen to while I run.
    So as long as the narrator and substance is not deadly boring or useless I will try to get through it. There is nothing revelatory here. Nothing new, even. I give Gonzalez credit for trying to take material you can find in any book on self help buddhism and trying to give it some zip by adding personal anecdotes. Sadly, the anecdotes of how he utilized the lessons in his own life did not ring true...at all. In fact, some of his recollections of conversations he had seemed like they had been dipped in Disney magic....a happy ending in every situation...evil, selfish people transformed by simple gestures toward understanding and friendship. It sounded like hooey to me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    nothing by dc gonzalez


    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Barbara McAfee
    • Narrated By Barbara McAfee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    Your voice says a lot about you. Based on the tone and expression of your voice alone, your listeners may make up their minds about you before they even process the meaning of your words. And if what you say is at odds with how you say it, they can miss your message altogether. As important as our voices are, few of us know how to use them to their full potential. Full Voice offers a fun, tested method to harness the power of your voice to become a more effective and flexible communicator.

    Salvador Minuchin says: "There are muchbetter books for voice improvement."
    "don't bother"
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    What disappointed you about Full Voice?

    I thought this woman was supposed to be an expert in vocal presence. She has NO vocal presence. SHe sounds like a breathy porn star who speaks REALLY SLOWLY. This might have been helpful in the 70's and 80's but it seemed very dated...even though the author tried to give the book a modern edge by referencing current pop culture icons.


    Has Full Voice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What didn’t you like about Barbara McAfee’s performance?

    I sped up the narration speed 2x...that got it to a normal pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5308)
    Performance
    (4566)
    Story
    (4546)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "a surprising delight"
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    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Bridget Jones Precursor


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Right off the bat the narrator introduces herself as a very distant relative of the queen. There's just enough fact to make the storyline convincing...even though you know it is fiction.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She has a lovely voice as the primary narrator...and her accents and male voices are well done. Often those transitions can be grating.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2075)
    Performance
    (1476)
    Story
    (1477)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    'Nathan says: "Phenomenal!"
    "so boring"
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    What disappointed you about The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie?

    Bought this because I bought into the great reviews. I generally can suffer my way through inane plots and sometimes even less than engaging narrators. But I can't get past the first two chapters...and at this point I've tried twice. I kept thinking I missed something..maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention..then I realized that it was just a dud.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Bradley again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Really high childish voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drinking Midnight Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Dikran Tulaine
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    When Toby Dexter falls for the woman on the train, the woman with the most perfect mouth in the world, he little realises that she isn't quite human: She lives in the magical world that exists alongside our own. And when he follows her to ask her out, he accidently slips from his own world, Veritie, into hers. She warns him that it's a dangerous thing to be a mortal in the magical world of Mysterie and that he must not fall in love with her: She's much older than she looks and mortal must not love immortal.

    patricia says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was repetitive


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something less scifi


    What didn’t you like about Dikran Tulaine’s performance?

    I had to up the speed so it didn't put me to sleep during my runs


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1525)
    Story
    (1483)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Suzn F says: "YES!!! Dave and Clete back in Louisiana once again"
    "Oh misery!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Clearly James Lee Burke has a big fan base. I was drawn in by all the stars.
    I've now tried to get through this audiobook several times. I wish I could return it. I'm an audible member member b/c I love good stories. This is tragic. And Will Patton is
    SO boring. I need to write down his name so if i see it I'll know not to download it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Lee Burke again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. Will Patton's attempt to mimic a woman's voice is a joke. Burke needs to find a better narrator. That southern accent is so annoying! I couldn't keep listening


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    MASSIVE irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    How did Will Patton get a job as an audible narrator?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1828)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1453)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "How did this get such good reviews?"
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    Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Shannon Cochran?

    I am a huge fan of mysteries/thrillers and am not hypercritical. This book was terrible. One dimensional characters all around. I have worked around law enforcement for the past 20 years and there was nothing believable about the plot. The worst part of it was the southern twang of the narrator. The women sound like men. The men sound just like the women. This book could have benefitted from hiring more narrators…or Simon Vance. Truly a waste of time. I kept thinking it would get better because of the good reviews…but alas. I listen to books while I run..I kept switching over to Pandora because I couldn't stand listening to this dross.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the most interesting? hard to say


    Did Shannon Cochran do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She was terrible.


    Was Fallen worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sally Hogshead
    • Narrated By Sally Hogshead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (356)

    Why are you captivated by some people but not by others? Why do you recall some brands yet forget the rest? In a distracted, overcrowded world, how do certain leaders, friends, and family members convince you to change your behavior? Answer: fascination, the most powerful way to influence decision-making. It's more persuasive than marketing, advertising, or any other form of communication. And it all starts with seven universal triggers: lust, mystique, alarm, prestige, power, vice, and trust.

    Lanie Evans says: "Hog your Head with Fascinate!"
    "Why do authors insist on being narrators?"
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    I had to buy the kindle version of this book because I was interested in what Hogshead had to say. Hogshead's delivery is just too slow and boring...strange given the topic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Safe Man

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (417)

    Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.

    Robert says: "great ghost story"
    "surprisingly delightful"
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    bought this on a whim because it was so short...It is good company on a long run.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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