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Patricia

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Boynton Beach, Fl, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Woman in Black

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (295)

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    Melinda says: "Classic Gothic Ghost Tale"
    "Play vs. Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in Black to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but saw a mini play of The Woman in Black. The audio version brings more depth to the characters.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    No change at all. Was good.


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

    The voice, the tones which gave you a visual of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio version had more to it then the mini play. The play didn't go into the life of the characters. More just a gloss over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1049)

    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.

    Melinda 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.

    0 of 0 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
    (708)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (540)

    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!!"
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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
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1265)

    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
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8015)
    Performance
    (7225)
    Story
    (7221)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "So-So"
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    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this in the middle.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Michael Beck made the story come to life!


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

    No, I listen in segments.


    Any additional comments?

    The book, for me, dragged the first 2 parts. Although it had a feeling of mystery, there were too many details with the other characters. The first two parts set the stage for what Mississippi was like back in the 1980's. That was interesting but I felt some of it had nothing to do with the story line. Some will argue with me over that but it was dragging along with all the details. The last part, had more action. My biggest disappointment was when the lawyer, Brigance, was touting he was going to defend Hubbard's will no matter what, gave in to the Judge's request for sharing the inheritance. If he was going head to head with all the others involved why did he give in at all? He said he would fulfill Hubbard's request but he didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Human Remains: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Police analyst Annabel wouldn't describe herself as lonely. Her work and the needs of her aging mother keep her busy. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbor's decomposing body in the house next door, and she is appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed the woman's absence. Annabel sets out to investigate, despite her colleagues' lack of interest, and discovers that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.

    Patricia says: "Just Loved It"
    "Just Loved It"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Human Remains to be better than the print version?

    On of the best! The suspense kept me listening for hours! Only had the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Annabell and her determination


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

    The tone brought depth to the story.


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

    Neither.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1264)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    What did you love best about The Bone Season?

    The storyline took me by surprise. When I first stated to listen I thought oh no another flakey in the future book. Boy, was I wrong.


    What other book might you compare The Bone Season to and why?

    I can't compare this to anything else


    Any additional comments?

    Just loved this book and hope there will be more to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5278)
    Performance
    (4775)
    Story
    (4789)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Hard Magic is just another book kinda"
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    Where does Hard Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the bottom in my list


    What other book might you compare Hard Magic to and why?

    None that I have read so far


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end with Faye and Francis


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Was ok but it has too many plots within plots. Some parts I just fell asleep while listening. Got confusing in other areas of the book so I just skipped then and when I did fall asleep I didn't bother to back track what I missed. It was just a filler type book when you can't find anything else at the present. Unusual to say the least. I am not considering getting Book 2 at the present.

    Bronson Pinchot held my attention to the book but the plot really didn't. He voice changes from one character to another was superb. You could actually visualize what the character looked like just by Mr. Pinchot's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mogworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (613)

    In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

    Alyssa says: "Yahtzee learns to enunciate"
    "Funny and Enjoyable"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mogworld the most enjoyable?

    Totally different, something you wouldn't expect.


    What other book might you compare Mogworld to and why?

    No other book that I have read is like Mogworld.


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

    No


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

    Laugh mostly. Got a little tedious near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Gives you a little laugh, a chuckle here and there. Something that is totally different and unusal. Love the "gang" and their witty comments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Dark Magic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Magnus Flyte
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood. Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings?

    Tyler says: "So promising and yet..."
    "Ok But...."
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    Would you try another book from Magnus Flyte and/or Natalie Gold?

    No I wouldn't.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Have less history facts. The book is for history buffs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Just too tedious to listen to but I am determined to finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Harlequin: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (267)

    Malcolm, head of the vampire Church of Eternal Life, is no particular friend to Anita Blake. So when he shows up in her office, to ask for her help against creatures so feared that no vampire will willingly speak their name, Anita is surprised. But she believes him. Malcolm may not be a Master of the City, but he's an old and powerful vampire, a leader of men, and he does not easily ask for help - especially from Anita and Jean-Claude, whose power Malcolm considers corrupt.

    Lou says: "*sigh*"
    "This is a good one"
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    What did you love best about The Harlequin?

    The whole storyline was great


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

    I listen to my audio books at night. It seems to be better with no distractions around ou.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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