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Shawne

Syracuse, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Trust No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life - and the lives of nearly everyone he loves - at risk. And the only thing guiding him through this deadly labyrinth are his stepfather's dying words: TRUST NO ONE.

    Erin says: "Couldn't Put It Down"
    "Enjoyable and kept me listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trust No One the most enjoyable?

    It was a fun ride. The story kept me hooked and got me through a few work outs and house chores. I finished it too quickly, because it was hard to put down in the middle- Hurwitz does a good job of keeping the suspense amped up.


    What other book might you compare Trust No One to and why?

    I read his most recent book, You're Next" first - it was the first of his books I've read and absolutely loved it, so I decided to give this one a try. I have to say it wasn't as good as You're Next, but it was still fun to listen to. This author is good at creating complex characters and, even if the situations seem unbelievable, the characters reactions in them are believable and that makes it easy to enter the dream of the novel.


    What about Patrick G. Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    At first his voice kind of annoyed me, but once I got used to it, it seemed right for the character. I actually appreciated that he didn't try to do women and child voices, but just changed his voice a little for the female characters.


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

    i wouldn't say it's the kind of book that moves me. It was more the kind of book I read for some escapism.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as You're Next, but i'd certainly read more by this author when i'm looking for that certain kind of thriller.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (2424)
    Story
    (2409)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "great ride"
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    What did you love best about You're Next?

    It gripped me from the beginning and didn't let go. At times it was almost upsetting, it was so suspenseful. I often listen to books to fall asleep, but this one kept me awake. While the story line was pretty improbable, I didn't really care. What I did care about is that the characters were true and had depth. I think they were all true to themselves and their choices rang true to me. I totally didn't see the resolution coming and I liked that too. Highly recommend this book if you like the thriller genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Come Home

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her - though it is stressful - and her daughter, Megan, is a happily overscheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer.

    Mary says: "Whining and crying make it impossible to finish"
    "lots of cliche's and kind of silly"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably wouldn't recommend to a friend. I finished it, but I was annoyed by the lazy writing.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh. It was ok. Everything got resolved about as you'd expect.


    What about Maggi-Meg Reed’s performance did you like?

    She had a good voice for the part.


    Was Come Home worth the listening time?

    Probably not.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4351)
    Performance
    (3725)
    Story
    (3725)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "somewhat predictable but enjoyable"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a good book for what it was - sort of suspense trying to be literary I think. The best part of the writing was that the author did a really good job with the unreliable narrator and I'd definitely keep that. The thing I didn't like was that it was a bit predictable. I pretty much knew how it was going to end about halfway through the book - not the specific details, but the basics of it. I'm not sure how that could be fixed, but it was a flaw in my opinion.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable. I knew it was coming.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Jacob's father is talking to the girl in his school and she says something about how he must be a good father. I thought it was a moving moment and the layers and bit of irony were well done.


    Did Defending Jacob inspire you to do anything?

    Kept me on the elliptical trainer a few extra minutes to get to the end of a chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6345)
    Performance
    (3121)
    Story
    (3146)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "I loved this book"
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    Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

    I rarely listen to books twice, but I wouldn't rule it out. It's hard to surpass Gaiman narrating his own work. This is the second of his I've listened to (I also loved The Graveyard Book). He integrates fantasy, a bit of horror, humor, and a good old fashioned myth and does it beautifully. There were some inside jokes that I think you have to live in or have spent a lot of time in London to really get. I've only been once and I got a couple of them, like


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That's tough. I liked them all. I guess I'd have to say the Marquis, though Richard Mayhew wasn't bad. At times I found him clueless to the point of being annoying, but he came around.


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

    Just as good. He's a great performer.


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

    I had trouble turning it off and often drove more slowly so I could listen to more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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