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K. Baird

Lakeland, FL USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 69 ratings
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  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Think Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Bennie Rosato looks exactly like her identical twin, Alice Connolly, but the darkness in Alice’s soul makes them two very different women. Or at least that’s what Bennie believes, until she finds herself buried alive at the hands of her twin. Meanwhile, Alice takes over Bennie’s life, impersonating her at work and even seducing her boyfriend in order to escape the deadly mess she has made of her own life.

    Suzn F says: "Just an OK Mystery"
    "One of the stupidest books I have ever listened to"
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    What disappointed you about Think Twice?

    The story was completely unbelievable. The dialogue was bad. Peoples' heads kept exploding. Jennifer Van Dyck's performance was pretty good, though all the accents sounded quite a bit alike and the Italian accent seemed a bit overblown and cartoonish.


    Has Think Twice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I would not avoid her as a narrator. My main problem was the story, which was just too silly. Really, a brilliant lawyer can't figure out how to talk to police? And hospitals and police aren't afraid she'll sue? That's just insane.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It ended and was fairly short.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like cruelty to animals, that's another reason not to listen. I think most of us can get that a person is evil from an attempted murder; we probably don't need the villain to abuse a dog on top of that...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempest Rising: Jane True, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nicole Peeler
    • Narrated By Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (188)

    During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human. Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures that are terrifying, beautiful, and deadly — all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

    LeSLiE says: "Cool Cover, Great Story!"
    "At least the narrator was good."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would enjoy this book. Maybe someone looking for steamy sex scenes that didn't care about character development and likes insecure little girls?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicole Peeler again?

    No.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Kate did an excellent job with the narration. It was easily the highlight of the listening experience.


    What character would you cut from Tempest Rising?

    Jane True.


    Any additional comments?

    Outdated pop culture references instead of plot development do not a good book make. The book is already dated. The character acts like she's an adolescent, but many of the pop culture references are much older and she's supposed to be 26. Stereotypical imaginings of lesbian couples are rather cliche too. Just, ugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mick Herron
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

    Joanne says: "Patience pays off..."
    "Very Good Read!"
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    Would you listen to Slow Horses again? Why?

    I would probably not listen to it again, but just because I never listen to a book twice. I might read it twice, but not listen twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters and the plot twists. I liked that the book actually surprised me a couple of times.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Sean Barrett was excellent. Loved his voice, made the book even better. I'm not sure it would have been as entertaining if I had only read it and not had it read to me. I'm not sure I've had a better narration so far.


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

    Yes, but I rationed it out driving to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable listen and story. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2748)
    Performance
    (1872)
    Story
    (1864)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Good for what it is."
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    Dick Hill, yes. He's an excellent narrator. Andrew Peterson, no. The book just wasn't for me.


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

    Added some plausiblility.


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

    His voice is very expressive. Even when the plot of the book was annoying me, Mr. Hill was a good listen.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book because I enjoy the Jack Reacher series. Nathan McBride is no Jack Reacher. The entire "I don't like to do that, but I do it because I must" motiff used to justify just about any action really gets old quickly. Sorry folks, sometimes the ends really don't justify the means--even as a plot device.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Book One of the Dai Arati Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Britt Gallagher
    • Narrated By Shawna Windom
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    How would you face the unknown? Ashes: Book One of the Dai Arati Story is the tale of a peaceful yet cautious society called Imbu. Every 30 years the Great Cleansing sweeps across the land, burning all of the ground vegetation to ash in a necessary process of renewal. It is a cycle as predictable and timeworn as any of the Imbu can remember. It is cause for great alarm, therefore, when they discover a portion of the forest that remains uncleansed even after the great fire.

    K. Baird says: "Mediocre Story, Terrible Narration"
    "Mediocre Story, Terrible Narration"
    Overall

    The story isn't horrible, but the narrator drags it down. Narrator cannot read properly, can't pronounce many words, does not differentiate between characters or even chapters. Can't read a complete sentence. And doesn't speak clearly. I'm glad the book was only four hours. I would have had to punt if it had been longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Code

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Brokaw
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    A thrill-seeking Harvard linguistics professor and an ultrasecret branch of the Catholic Church go head-to-head in a race to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Atlantis. The ruins of the technologically-advanced, eerily-enigmatic ancient civilization promise their discoverer fame, fortune, and power... but hold earth-shattering secrets about the origin of man.

    Lynne says: "Narration ruined the story"
    "Idiot Characters; Bad Narration"
    Overall

    I drive two hours a day and I get books to listen to while on the way to/from work. This one had me yelling at it almost from page 1. The narration has half the characters sounding like cartoon mobsters and the other half sounding like Count Dracula meets Natasha from Bullwinkle. I kept hoping one would say "moose and squirrel", which would at least have given me a laugh. Also, the characters are supposedly halfway intelligent and resourceful, but they prove, over and over and over again, that they are not. And, granted the book is male adventure fantasy, but do the women have to be so irrational for an idiot man who may or may not be good looking depending on if you like David Beckham? Clumsy storytelling and an unbelievable plot further aided by clumsy narration. Avoid. It's not a good thing when you are only listening in hopes that all of the main characters are killed.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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