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Pamela

Sonoma, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Tortilla Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    PEN-Faulkner Award-winning author T. Coraghessan Boyle weaves together the stories of two families in Southern California: one affluent, the other destitute. As Boyle creates a counterpoint of personal needs, civic responsibility, and social custom, each family's quest for the American Dream fuels deep fear and anger that ultimately lead to a perilous confrontation.

    Donald says: "The Tortilla Curtain"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    A tortured and passionate story of illegal immigrants and California natives, fear and naivete, hope and hate. This could have been written at any time in the past fifty years, and would be as relevant as it was when it was published. The characters are rich and I felt for them with every turn of the story. Despite the series of misfortunes that befall the characters, the author manages to end the book on a hopeful note, which made me smile. This is a great listen for all ages.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (650)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Horrible narration, stupid and shallow story"
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    The author gives me no reason to care about any of these characters, and that's only part of the problem with this book. The protagonist is spineless -- a victim, an heiress, a forensic psychologist who works with the police but who spent the past year hiding out after dealt a bad turn in life. This is not a person I like or want to champion. The narrator's accents for the different characters are so terrible its distracting! Hint: choose a different book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (373)

    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Judith says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
    "Don't waste your money"
    Overall
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    I LOVE the Pendergast character, but this is so short and so shallow it is a total waste of time. First, the narration ends a full twenty minutes before the recording does, so the story itself is less than 40 minutes long; its a cheesy trick to sell this as an hour plus recording of a short story. Second, the plot and storyline are so facile, its hard to believe it is written by the same people who wrote RELIC, RELIQUARY, etc. I bought this to tide me over until the next book, but there was nothing there. Nothing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (553)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "Not as good"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fear Nothing the most enjoyable?

    Suspenseful, but not as good as her earlier work. It feels like the author is turning Dee Dee into a shallow, hard ass, one dimensional character. Makes me care less about her, no matter how suspenseful the book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really, I would have liked more developed between the sisters.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the voice of the psychiatrist most, she was terribly odd, which I find interesting. Her physical disorder mirrored her strange psychology, which took me back to the "Burger Man" storyline from a few years ago.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I like the author's writing, but no more Dee Dee for me. She has become boring and one dimensional. Now, Adeline would be an incredible character to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1437)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Not Pendergast at his best, just fine"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Neutral. I kept waiting for something to really happen, and it never did. The Corrie Swanson character is drawn as self indulgent and never learning from her mistakes, that gets boring quickly. Pendergast is but a shadow in the background of this story, not the driving force as in others in the series.


    Would you recommend White Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, because it was the weakest of the Pendergast series. All the others were more complex stories, stayed with me longer.


    Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all of them and he is a gifted narrator. I enjoy his performance.


    Could you see White Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I could.


    Any additional comments?

    The story didn't have the twists that mark a Pendergast book, I missed the complexity of the previous stories.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie's Man: Family Secrets, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    When shy and reserved Maggie Ferringer is called for jury duty, she never expects to be kidnapped by an escaped convict. But when Cain Cannon, disguised as a prison guard, pulls a gun, she has no choice but to be taken hostage. Cain claims that he’s innocent of killing his girlfriend six years ago, and now he wants revenge on the people who put him behind bars. Soon Maggie becomes more than just a hostage to Cain. As they slowly begin to share the secrets of their respective pasts, Maggie discovers that she wants to fight for Cain’s freedom - because he just might be the kind of man she can love.

    Diana DC says: "Maggie's Man"
    "disappointing, soft core porn"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story and better narration. The Cain character is interesting but not fleshed out enough, and the Maggie character is just ridiculous.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The second in the series, since I already purchased it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

    maybe, but not too soon.


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

    the story could make an interesting stage play?


    Any additional comments?

    I love Lisa Gardner's previous books, and this has none of the suspense, terror, or well drawn characters her previous works have. The story is disappointingly straightforward, the Maggie character as well as her narration are terrible, and there are parts that I are just soft core porn in disguise. Very disappointing all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2202)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1836)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Confusing narration, good story"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tulip :). Think Abagail was the best drawn character.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirsten Potter’s performances?

    I found this narration sometimes hard to follow. The narrator didn't have enough distinction between character's voices. With so many male and female characters, it helps to have at least two different narrators, or one who can make the characters voices sound more different from one another.


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

    Some sadness, thinking of the terrible things children suffer at the hands of adults they trust


    Any additional comments?

    This book was nicely balanced. I've listened to many in the series and sometimes the DD Warren character sounds too snarky and cynical. Here, I like how the author changes her ever so slightly now that she's become a Mother. And we get to know more about some of the minor recurring characters, too. Wink and a nod to the Quincy characters making cameo appearances. This author still keeps me guessing, so a delightful listen even when the subject matter is difficult. There is something about the way Gardner writes -- sometimes so honest it surprises me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Rebecca Lowman, Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (506)

    On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father—and possible suspect—now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

    Erin says: "Live To Tell - 3.5 stars"
    "Implausible storyline"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or the narrators?

    Yes, I have listened to many books by this author and been delighted with both the stories and narrators.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Gardner again?

    Yes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    A bit slow at times, and overwrought at other times. Too much cynicism in the voice of the DD Warren character.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is so implausible and unbelievable it had me rolling my eyes. The author's other books are well written and paced, but this is just disappointing as it advances. Try any of her other books, especially

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (673)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Suspenseful, smartly written. Her best yet!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Neighbor to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jason, for his fortitude, his depth, his ability to keep secrets. D.D. Warren, however, has started to annoy me as a character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure, but telling would mean giving away too much to a reader before s/he should know things.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a suspenseful and very smartly written book. I like when authors bring back characters from their earlier works, and it was done expertly here. Although if you didn't read the earlier work, that doesn't hamper your enjoyment of this story. Lisa Gardner has hit on a formula that works with great characters, and while I have grown tired of James Patterson's formulaic feeling books, each of Gardner's efforts feels fresh and interesting. This listen will keep you on the treadmill longer, entertain you on a long car trip, or make falling asleep a little difficult at night. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Lincoln Hoppe
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (293)

    For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true; but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.

    KSK says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Engrossing and creepy"
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    Would you listen to Say Goodbye again? Why?

    Yes, despite the creepiness of the spiders; I actually stopped listening initially after a few minutes BECAUSE of the creepiness of the spiders. I returned since this author has not disappointed me in the past, and I'm very glad I did. Complex plot and heartbreaking to think of the little boys. Not for the feint of heart, however.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    For me, this book was less about the law enforcement characters and more about real monsters in this world. I found the


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    REAL monsters don't hide in the dark


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Step on a Crack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By John Slattery, Reg Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and cold-blooded scenario.

    James says: "Classic good Patterson"
    "lame characters, not his best"
    Overall

    I just don't care about these characters, other than Bennett, so this book, while a suspenseful listen, has me rolling my eyes. Shallow celebrities dealing with their individual personal issues while trapped in the church.. YAWN! The Alex Cross books were written in such a way and the characters constructed such that you could care about them: the victims AND the criminals. These characters? I find myself looking forward to the bad guys killing the next vapid jerk they have taken hostage. Pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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