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patricia

MILL VALLEY, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2640)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2175)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Borrrring Predictable Lame"
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    It was nice to have a woman voice a woman's role...but this narrator had such an annoying voice. Nails on a chalkboard. And the main narrator's tone was monotone...I can't believe these people got paid for this. They made a long story even longer.

    I usually like David Baldacci and Zero Day got good reviews but the character development in this was terrible...from the main character on down.
    And could this get any longer?! I listen to mysteries while I run...so I am generally not critical of any audiobook so the fact that I'm so outraged by this means it's BAD. The experience was painful. I lost my place over the course of a run and skipped 20 chapters ahead..and still understood EXACTLY what was going on. I hadn't missed a thing. Glacially boring. Don't waste your time. Don't waste your credit ...or your money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drinking Midnight Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Dikran Tulaine
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    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 0 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
    (1584)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1332)

    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.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "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 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1565)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1230)

    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 0 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
    (516)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    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 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1213)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (760)

    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.

    cstardancer 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 0 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
    (445)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (374)

    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 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5757)
    Performance
    (4983)
    Story
    (4977)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "It made our road trip"
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    I highly recommend this audiobook. The narration was perfection...the story was plausible and often riveting. It definitely got off to a verrry slow start but because we had a long drive we decided to give it a chance. It was worth the wait. Once the plot got moving it positively hummed along. The narrator deserves some of the credit to keeping me interested. I wish Edoardo Ballerini voiced more audible selections. He can do female voices that don't sound like he's trying to hard, a variety of male voices and transition between them seamlessly. Sadly, few others can do the same. I am sure there are many audible fans who would agree.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3935)
    Performance
    (3435)
    Story
    (3403)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Seriously?!"
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    I have been looking forward to the release of this book for ages. I downloaded it so I could enjoy a what should have been a fabulous story. Unfortunately the delivery was SO distracting in that it was so deadeningly boring...a rata tat monotone drone by a woman who should NEVER be allowed to voice another book again. I was glad that that they shifted narrators every once in awhile but the man was no better. It reminded me of the recent Star Wars movies that force the actors to speak in monotone. Perhaps it was intentional but it was so off-putting I couldn't finish it. I will go buy the book instead.
    Save your money. They need a redo. This was a disgrace. (full disclosure: this is my first negative review for an audiobook. I've been disappointed before but never felt the need to warn others. This was different. Egregious)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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