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Patricia

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Boynton Beach, Fl, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Bloody Bones: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (500)

    When Branson, Missouri, is hit with a death wave - four unsolved murders - it doesn't take an expert to realize that all is not well. But luckily for the locals, Anita Blake is an expert in the kinds of preternatural goings-on that have everyone spooked. And she's got an "in" with the creature that can make sense of the slayings - the sexy master vampire known as Jean-Claude.

    Patsy G. says: "keep on listening"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    If you could sum up Bloody Bones in three words, what would they be?

    This is another one of the great Vampire Books out there by Laurel Hamilton. I couldn't stop listening to it but couldn't do it all at one time. A must read.


    What does Kimberly Alexis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The depth of each person in the book. Kimberly gave it that extra punch.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and yes and yes and yes!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3718)
    Performance
    (3424)
    Story
    (3423)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "WOW"
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    That is the best I can say about this book is WOW!! You have to give this one a listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1223)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Just Didn't Do It For Me"
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    I read all the great reviews and decided to purchase this book. However, it seemed to me that same story line over and lover. Had a few different twists to each story line.

    The same story was told over in different versions. It was like the author started one version then decided to switch gears and go in a different direction. This happened several times through the entire book. The different versions were all strung together to make one book.

    Sorry I just didn't get this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (414)

    Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

    C. Telfair says: "Splendid and Splendider!"
    "Huh??"
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    This book is geared towards a tween. The beginning is a little scary for a kid but basically that is what this book was written for. I felt like grandpa was reading a story to a child in some parts. Silas was the only character that made sense to me. Even thought this book got great reviews for "adventure", "mystery" etc. I didn't really see it at all. But, then again some really liked it but I did not.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (331)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Convoluted"
    "Kept Me Listening and Listening!"
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    If you could sum up The Vanishing in three words, what would they be?

    Great! Intriguing! Scarey!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vanishing?

    There was no "most memorable moments", the whole book was memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    Julia of course/


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and yes and yes!! I listened for 4 hours straight, I didn't want to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    One heck of a good ghost story. I found it to be one of the best I ever read or listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (760)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Crystal says: "Well written horror tale"
    "Great Reading"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Haunting of Hill House in three words, what would they be?

    I loved the twists and turns and the ghostly feeling you get from listening to the book. The reader gave it a special chill factor


    What other book might you compare The Haunting of Hill House to and why?

    Never read anything like this one. Would like to if there was one out there like it.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book but "something" seemed missing to me. I have no idea what but at the end I felt a little let down. Anyone have that feeling?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8183)
    Performance
    (7124)
    Story
    (7121)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "Just One Heck of A Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    The entire book


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

    Oh yes it sure did


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Terrific


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just an all around great book


    Any additional comments?

    No, just read it

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (565)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Tango says: "Should be classified as Sci-Fi"
    "Ok But...."
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, there are too many "scenes" that are similar in nature.


    If you’ve listened to books by Cristin Terrill before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first


    What three words best describe Meredith Mitchell’s performance?

    Calm, changeable, ?


    Was All Our Yesterdays worth the listening time?

    No, not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't think I would listen to time travel books again. This one was too confusing with several scenes that were similar and seemed repetitious to me. This is a Sci-Fi book not a mystery. If you are into Sci-Fi then go for it. Just wasn't for me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (1861)
    Story
    (1865)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Mel says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Powerful!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    I also am buying the printed version because I want to read this book over and over.


    What other book might you compare Heft to and why?

    There is no other book that compares to Heft. The authors insight into human nature is overwhelming. It was like she actually lived the life of Arthur and Arthur Kel.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time and I am extremely impressed with the way they showed how they actually felt. It was like they lived the characters themselves.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and yes and yes!! I listened to the book hours and hours. I didn't want to stop, it was so intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. The characters come to life and you will actually find yourself talking back to them. The only word I can use to describe Heft is powerful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Read Than Dead: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (766)

    Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?

    Jill says: "GREAT Series!"
    "Very Good!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is intriguing, has a little romance, mystery at it's best.


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

    Yes it sure did. You never knew what was coming next.


    What does Elizabeth Michaels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed the inflections in Ms. Michaels voice. Brought drama to the book.


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

    I enjoyed it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Regardless of what other reviews stated this is not a silly school girl book nor is it ridiculous. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. If you are looking for a deep serious mystery then this is not for you. It is light, funny, certain parts keep you spell bound so just try it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2006)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1372)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Great!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book is on top of my list to tell friends about.


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

    Yes, it was a greT read and well with getting to anyone who wants a little mystery but not don to the point of annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    Actually, I think this was better then Syamore Row. The plot had twists and tirns, a true guessing game as "who done It" book,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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