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Shawni

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Edge: An FBI Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (144)

    Baffled by a seemingly supernatural connection to his critically injured sister, an FBI special agent heads to the Oregon coast in search of a more plausible explanation for his sudden ESP, only to discover more puzzling mysteries.

    Jason Major says: "It was ok..."
    "Not one of her best books"
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    Would you try another book from Catherine Coulter and/or Robert Lawrence?

    I've only read 2 of her books and found that the MAZE was great, but this one was painful to get through. The narrater's voice was good as long as he wasn't trying to do the voice of a woman. When he did the women's voices it was BEYOND terrible which made this book seem like it took forever to get through. As for the story, I didn't find it as interesting as the previous book I read. I will try a few more and see how it goes. Love the Savich/Sherlock team though!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Coulter again?

    yes, I will continue to listen to her books


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use Scott Brick for the books where there are lots of WOMEN's voices...he is great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1076)

    The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.

    Karen says: "Another Amazing Entry in the Series"
    "Not the best of the Ledger books"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. This book just seemed to drag on and it really wasn't very interesting. I've actually fast forwarded through a lot of it.


    Has Extinction Machine turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I just think this one was very disappointing.


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

    Ray Porter IS awesome. The voices he does are spot on from book to book. You always know the character without him having to point out who it is.


    Do you think Extinction Machine needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Joe Ledger books should continue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    Dennis says: "Just Shoot Me"
    "Could have been better"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The male version was good, the female reading this was literally UNLISTENABLE!!! OMG, It was PAINFUL listening to her read this book and if I hadn't been on the road at the time, I would have just stopped listening and bought the book. The story was good, but the end was sort of rushed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just One Look?

    Wu and Cram were characters that you could actually picture in your mind, even if you've never met anyone in real life like them. All the other characters seemed rushed, and there were quite a few times in the book that I had to fast forward because Grace's character was doing things that didn't work with the character the writer wanted us to think she was.


    How could the performance have been better?

    PICK A DIFFERENT FEMALE TO READ IT!!! And not spend so much time on irrelevant information and then rushing the end of the book.


    Could you see Just One Look being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    hmmmmnm, Nope, just not "on the edge or your seat" interesting plotline enough to be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Harlan is such a great writer....please "vet" the actors reading the books a little more before you let them just take on the books. Seriously, they can MAKE or BREAK your book. In this case, had I another book on my player to choose from, I would have move to it immediately because the female reader was just AWFUL!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonegrinder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When the men find him, the boy’s legs look like they were run through a wood-chipper. He’s bleeding heavily and near death, but he still has strength to tell them of the monster that attacked him: a dark, massive creature that emerged from the bottom of the lake. The child dies before he can say more. Sheriff Billy Wintone has seen too much superstition, drunkenness, and rage in this small Ozarks town to believe the delirious boy’s tale of a monster lurking under the lake’s dark waters. Like it or not, however, Wintone must scour the woods for the man or beast who killed the child before the start of fishing season.

    Shawni says: "Not his best work!!"
    "Not his best work!!"
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    What disappointed you about Bonegrinder?

    Its monotony of the story was excruciating. I think this story had potential to be good, but just never got there. I found myself being GLAD that it wasn't longer and only finished the book so I'd know what bonegrinder was. Definitely NOT the best work John Lutz has done, not even close.


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

    disappointment and boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (861)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "VERY entertaining and Interesting"
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    Would you listen to The Charm School again? Why?

    Yes, and I have. The story was written so well and performed by Scott Brick so well, that I couldn't stop listening. I got really caught up in the storyline and I actually felt like I was there, in Russia, could picture the scenes as they unfolded!! It was fiction, but the whole time you were listening to it, you were thinking, this could be 100% true. LOVE LOVE LOVED it!!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    His changing of the character's voices are so natural, and he delivers each character's personalities so perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    I most definitely recommend this to anyone. It is LONG, but get the unabridged version so you get ALL the finite details.!!

    0 of 0 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
    (1224)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (771)

    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"
    "Not Completely Dazzled by this one"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed most of James Patterson's Murder Club books. This one didn't seem to have the edge his others had and unfortunately, the narration made it even harder to listen too. Carolyn McCormick seemed to make all the women seem whiney and week instead of strong and forces to be reckened with. It's a shame because I've been looking forward to this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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