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Meagan vR

I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

Ohio | Member Since 2010

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  • Chasing Harry Winston

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Meet Tali, Schuyler, and Kim. Best friends since college, each 20-something (okay, almost 30) has seen her share of career foils and romantic foibles in the world's greatest city, New York. Having been friends for more than a decade, they know that they all need a change. On Valentine's Day, they are each alone for one reason or another. At dinner together, the trio makes a pact. Within one year, each woman will change the thing that most challenges her. Chasing Harry Winston brings listeners once again into the heart of an elite world....

    Meagan vR says: "Fantasy Chick Lit- Entertaining Enough (SPOILERS)"
    "Fantasy Chick Lit- Entertaining Enough (SPOILERS)"
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    This book should actually be found under "fantasy" on audible. Three women fall completely backwards into fame, fortune, and amazing jobs. One woman actually breaks up with her celebrity fiance because another celebrity is pursuing her. Another woman has a famous movie director falling all over himself to date her. The story is basically three women who do absolutely nothing and find unbelievable success. It is disappointing because it really was well written and kept my interest so it had great potential. I will probably read other books from this author. But the story was just BAD.

    Anyway perhaps one of the reasons it was so pleasant to listen to is that the narrator was AMAZING. She did a great Brazilian accent and hit the emotions of the women perfectly. I will probably look for other books with this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Woman and Springtime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon W. Jones
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Two orphan girls are taken from their jobs in a pants factory in North Korea, spirited across the Demilitarized Zone to be sex workers in the South, and eventually shipped to the United States. What propels the story is Gi, the heroine: a tender-hearted genius who loses everything yet refuses to be destroyed. All Woman and Springtime reveals with chilling accuracy the facts of life behind North Korea's iron curtain, the horrific underworld of the sex trade, and the resilience of a spirit in the midst of unspeakable oppression.

    Meagan vR says: "This book is great!!"
    "This book is great!!"
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    What did you love best about All Woman and Springtime?

    The characters were so well developed and the imagery he created of North Korea was amazing. Believable storyline and kept my interest up until the very end.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By Paula Slade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way. But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home. The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them.

    Michaela M. Nelson says: "New Owners Beware"
    "Real fail here."
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    What disappointed you about The Haunted?

    It is cliche, predictable, and lacks any sort of substance or plot. Basically a string of paranormal experiences with the woman screaming over and over and over. You keep hoping to hear some backstory or character development but it just never happens. How on earth was this a "NYT best seller"? This author took a boring title, threw together a male and female for the ol' "young couple in a new house", and just picked scary situations from different movies for them to be in. OMG thank goodness for the audible no questions asked return policy.


    What was most disappointing about Michaelbrent Collings’s story?

    The paranormal situations in some cases were actually interesting! Why on earth didn't he develop the characters or storyline? Could have been a great haunted house story despite the cliches.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It didn't sound like the narrator could have been in any way one of the characters from the book. It sounded like grandma reading you a bedtime story.


    Any additional comments?

    Why did this book happen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anywhere But Here

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mona Simpson
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    A national best seller upon its publication, Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.

    jennifer says: "Fantastic character study"
    "Why was there no story?"
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    Would you try another book from Mona Simpson and/or Kate Rudd?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Mona Simpson’s story?

    Great characters who do nothing


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Rudd?

    Yea


    Was Anywhere But Here worth the listening time?

    Nah


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad. Well written for what it was but just became dull after a little while with nothing happening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (505)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "Loved it!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- the book is very engaging


    Any additional comments?

    Really great story- liked how different actors voiced different characters rather than one actor trying to do all the voices. Disappointed that there are no other books written by this author. Really grabs you from the very first paragraph up through the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mission Flats

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (82)

    When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.

    Marc says: "Amazing first novel!"
    "This book is just bad."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Well starting with changing the narrator would help. He was seriously acting all the "villain" characters with the same slow, meandering lisp. Hard to explain but harder to listen to.


    What could William Landay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't like this question. I don't know... Written a better story?


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad about mission flats. I really liked Defending Jacob and it's hard to believe that it came from the same author. Blah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Road Blues: The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (625)

    The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country’s largest Halloween celebration in what is now called “The Spookiest Town in America.”

    Kathleen says: "Love Joe Ledger Series? Avoid This Trainwreck."
    "Bad. Boring. Plotless."
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    Any additional comments?

    Really very boring. Didn't finish it. I liked the zombie series he did so I thought I'd try other books by this author... Bad idea. Waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10658)
    Performance
    (9638)
    Story
    (9724)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Tedious and forced"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    As far as the Langdon series goes I'm done with Dan Brown.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is really bad guys. There is hardly any character development, the dialogue is like cardboard, and the plot is pretty much plotless. Robert Langdon with amnesia? Gawd how much more corny can you get? Same "on the run" with a BEAUTIFUL BRAINY woman, same clues in historical works of art, same evil unknown threatening world destruction. It seriously feels like someone forced Brown to put out another book by a certain deadline so he did what he could to get words on paper ASAP. A huge disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward's protector, who brings her to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth.

    Teddy says: "Pitch Perfect Narration With a Great Story"
    "Blah- Very disappointing."
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    I was so excited to discover Phillippa Gregory and I absolutely devoured the first 3 books of the Tudor series. I loved them and it seemed like such a relief to find a go-to author! But unfortunately I then eagerly downloaded and dove into 'The Queen's Fool'. What a disappointment. Unlike the previous three books, the story is not from the point of view of a historical figure, but a random fictitious young girl named Hannah. She has all these gimmicks that makes it seem like the author is trying WAY too hard to make her an interesting character- She is Jewish and fleeing persecution. She dresses like a boy to stay 'hidden' even though everyone knows she's a girl who is dressing like a boy so it just sort of seems strange after a little while. She also is psychic or something (she has 'the sight') and it is just sort of an afterthought in the story. Also she is running back and forth between Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth giving them advice and generally being their favorite and most trusted little friend. How and why this has happened for this random Hannah is because of her ESP, i guess, but it just isn't a well developed plotline. Character development is also extremely thin. Oh and of course she has at least two men lusting after her. Oh and she is the 'fool' (court jester?) at court. Does it sound like the stories of Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth are completely lost in all of this gimmicky character of Hannah? It's because they are. It's like Gregory had an idea of this Hannah character and just wrote her into some historical fiction to give her some kind of a story. IMO, it's a slow moving, boring and redundant story. I'm about 75% through and I'll probably finish it, but then I will take a break from Phillipa Gregory for a while.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Boleyn Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Davina Porter, Bianca Amato, Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (316)

    Anne of Cleves must literally save her neck in a court ruled by a deadly game of politics and the terror of an unpredictable and vengeful king. Her Boleyn Inheritance: accusations and false witnesses. Katherine Howard catches the king's eye within moments of arriving at court, setting in motion a dreadful machine of politics, intrigue, and treason that she does not understand. Her Boleyn Inheritance: the threat of the axe. Jane Rochford's name is a byword for malice, jealousy and twisted lust throughout Europe. Her Boleyn Inheritance: a fortune and a title in exchange for her soul.

    Teddy says: "Great Book"
    "So incredibly good- I didn't want to turn it off!"
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    I was so happy to have found an amazing listen after a long while of duds. The story was so interesting and the narrations were spot-on. The crafting of the scene was magnificent and truly made the setting magical. I have never given 5 stars in every category, but I do not have one complaint about this book. I cannot wait to listen to more Phillipa Gregory books! Hopefully Audible continues to do her justice with the amazing narration. Ok well goodbye for now... I'm off to buy my next Gregory book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2019)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1683)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "This isn't as the description reads"
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    This isn't about the psychology of suburban living... it's a run-of-the-mill serial killer story and it's not that good. Boring book, poor story development.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful

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