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L. Brown

Sacramento, CA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 28 reviews
  • 29 ratings
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  • The Family Business 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Treasure Hernandez
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Diane Luke, Lisa Smith, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    Momma drama takes over the Duncan clan, as there is still uncertainty about who has fathered the Duncan sisters' new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family's new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has just developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando only has one obstacle in front of him, and it's not law enforcement or one of his family's many rivals. It's his mother, because she's making the family take sides. Can a civil war within the Duncan family be averted before it tears them apart?

    Ronald says: "Good read but....."
    "Carl Weber Out Did Himself"
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    What did you love best about The Family Business 2?

    Wow there is so much to love. This man out did himself with this top notch writing. I think I loved learning about each of the characters more in depth the most. Jr, Chippy, Sasha, watching LC get on Paris for being immature.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Family Business 2?

    Spoiler alert: when Vegas got out of jail. What what!!!!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Sasha she was awesome.


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

    Heck yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I was sad when it was over. Can't wait for To Paris With Love and Family business 3. This book and performances were amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8853)
    Performance
    (8109)
    Story
    (8159)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Touched my heart"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. I loved the narrator. She was amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augustus. He was so kind, Funny, Strong, Loving, Awesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they egged the car.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't get over this book. I cried and literally laughed out loud! Over and over. I have a book hang over from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5793)
    Performance
    (5365)
    Story
    (5385)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "WOW. My first Stephen King Novel"
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    I stayed interested the entire time and ever lost my attention. I like Danny and listening to all that he went through in his life. I loved his connection with Abra. Momo was awesome. Rose was something else.


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

    He was amazing. I made each character have a personality of their own. I would listen to this again.


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

    Those nice RV driving people aren't always who you think they are...


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Stephen King novel. I have listen to his short stories or seen the movies that were adapted from his books. But wow, this was worth it and I am now hooked. He is an amazing story teller. I was not scared from this book. It was creepy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of Goodness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Vanessa Davis Griggs
    • Narrated By Shari Peele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A luminous figure in both Christian and African American fiction, Vanessa Davis Griggs pens gripping faith-based tales eagerly anticipated by fans. In The Other Side of Goodness, 50-year-old Alabama Congressman Lawrence Rudolph Simmons is facing an uphill battle in his bid for re-election. His chances are further jeopardized when a woman from his past resurfaces with terrible news: the love child they gave up for adoption needs a bone marrow transplant. Helping the child could ruin Lawrence’s career, but that may be the only right thing to do.

    Arlena says: "The Other Side of Goodness"
    "Pretty interesting"
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    What did you like best about The Other Side of Goodness? What did you like least?

    It was an interesting story for a "church" book. I liked Gabrielle and her strength. I didn't care so much how it ended with Paris doing what she was trying to do.


    Would you recommend The Other Side of Goodness to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Shari Peele?

    No, she needed a little work...a little more practice


    Was The Other Side of Goodness worth the listening time?

    50/50


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartel 2: Tale of the Murda Mamas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ashley & JaQuavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    The Cartel runs Miami, and loyalty to their organization runs deep, but when someone breaks the rules, things may be beyond repair. A snitch in the crew has dismantled the notorious Cartel, and now disloyalty threatens to tear the family apart. Young Carter is in the fight for his life as he faces drug kingpin charges due to the treachery of his best friend, Ace. Kidnapping, murder, deception, and seduction fill this thrilling sequel. Will Zyir find out that Breeze is still alive? Will Mecca be exposed as his brother’s killer?

    Susiette says: "Feel Kind of Cheated..."
    "Just bad"
    Overall
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Ashley & JaQuavis again?

    No


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

    He's awesome. He does his thing.


    What character would you cut from The Cartel 2: Tale of the Murda Mamas?

    The crazy man who kidnapped Breeze.


    Any additional comments?

    So many things don't make sense. Like it was 6 months later and Breeze is just now waking up in the man's house. What was she doing for 6 months? Was she in a coma? What? Why wasn't the Grandfather who was the actual Cartel the main character in the book? It was bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ashley & Jaquavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (210)

    The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls 80 percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond, leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret - his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.

    Dream says: "Entranced and ready for more"
    "Great Start"
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    Would you try another book from Ashley & Jaquavis and/or Cary Hite?

    No - Ashley and Jaquavis and yes for Cary Hite


    Would you recommend The Cartel to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I could not finish #2 and I would not recommend this series because of it.


    Do you think The Cartel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, they should have rapped it up in this one. It just didn't need one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ashley & JaQuavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    New York Times best-selling authors Ashley and JaQuavis have returned with the much-anticipated final installment in the epic Murderville series. Taking up where the previous book left off, we're thrown back into the international street chronicle. Lives and money are on the line, and tough choices will have to be made between love and loyalty. In the final installment of this breath-taking trilogy, the characters will have to learn that, in this game of power, sometimes you have to give up the glory to survive.

    KB says: "What a Trilogy!!!"
    "Don't waste your money...or credit"
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    Would you try another book from Ashley & JaQuavis and/or Cary Hite?

    NO more Ashley & JaQuavis, yes for Cary Hite.


    What was most disappointing about Ashley & JaQuavis’s story?

    Liberty falling in love with Rocko. I mean really? And not seeing what Dahlia was up to. How does this girl not know how to read people after all this time? How?


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

    Yes and he is amazing. His performance was great, the content was bad.


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

    Pure sadness that I wasted a credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murderville 2: The Epidemic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ashley, JaQuavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (129)

    With Samad’s target on her back, Liberty must survive the harsh streets alone. But when a chance encounter pushes her into the arms of a new friend, Po, the two take on the California kingpin - and step full force into the game. As bullets and sparks fly, the unlikely pair embarks on a serendipitous journey back to where it all started: Sierra Leone. With a new overseas connection, Po sees an opportunity that is too good to pass up. When his pursuit of the American dream conflicts with Liberty’s past, will they be able to survive, or will the drug empire that they’ve built together come crashing down?

    Dream says: "Simply Brilliant!"
    "Don't waste your money...or credit"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Honestly I don't know...


    What was most disappointing about Ashley and JaQuavis ’s story?

    I felt like they just got lazy. At times they literally copy and pasted they exact word for word chapters from the previous book.


    Which character – as performed by Cary Hite – was your favorite?

    Rocko - he needed his own book.


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

    Anger, I was angry how stupid Liberty could be. After all she has gone through in life and the girl just don't learn from her mistakes. You would think she was be up on game but nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murderville: The First of a Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ashley, JaQuavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (153)

    Two children from Sierra Leone, Liberty and A’shai, are brought together by chance, only to be forced apart by the most inevitable and tragic fate. Ashley & JaQuavis bring us this classic love story set against modern life’s most horrifying realities.

    Dream says: "WOW I loved this book"
    "Good start"
    Overall
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    Where does Murderville rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It doesn't rank. I am reviewing this after listening to all 3. It was not a book that should have been made into a trilogy. It was a good start.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: How the 2 had such different lives once they separated. Least interesting - the use of the word "Ma" Goodness, do they know any other terms of endearment for a woman? Like: Honey, beautiful, baby, shorty, something other than "ma" every 5 seconds.


    What about Cary Hite’s performance did you like?

    He was wonderful. He did a great job with the accents.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book should have and could have been raped up without making it a trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Married But Still Looking

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Travis Hunter
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In Married But Still Looking, a handsome young bachelor struggles to give up his appetite for casual sex when he finally proposes to the woman of his dreams.

    Rosalyne says: "Good Read"
    "One of my favorite books"
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    Story
    Where does Married But Still Looking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare Married But Still Looking to and why?

    I don't have a comparison. But it does remind me of something Carl Weber might have written.


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

    Ezra Knight made the story come alive. I felt Terri, I felt Genesis, I felt Phyllis and her husband. He made the characters and the story memorable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Paris with Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Eric Pete
    • Narrated By Suzanne Cypress, Lisa Smith, Corey Allen, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (132)

    Ripped from the pages of Carl Weber's New York Times best-selling Family Business series comes a solo story about his most popular character to date - the bright, sexy, and deadly Paris Duncan. Join Carl Weber and Eric Pete as they go back in time and take Paris Duncan to Europe, to the finishing school where she meets her first true love, makes her first real enemy, and commits her first crime. Listeners will get a thrilling inside view into the events that made Paris the lovely but lethal woman she is today.

    Dream says: "Paris in love SAY WHAT?"
    "Another great Carl Weber Story"
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    Would you listen to To Paris with Love again? Why?

    Yes, I loved it all. It was action packed. I loved learning so much about Rio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Paris with Love?

    The ending...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Paris and Niles were on the chase and killed all those guys, then made love outside.


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

    I laughed, I was sad, I was left wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Nice one to listen while waiting for the next Family Business book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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