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Carol

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  • Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (616)

    The first in a mesmerizing four-book original series, Prodigal Son is a brilliant re-imagining and updating of the classic Frankenstein story that only Dean Koontz could conceive. Two hundred years old, the "monster", Deucalion, is a monster no more. Literate and intelligent, he arrives in modern-day New Orleans, where he will join forces with a street-smart police detective and her partner on the trail of a macabre serial killer.

    John D. Grote says: "CSI -Transylvania"
    "Frankenstein 2005"
    Overall

    I have never been a fan of Frankenstein, but decided to give this a chance because it was Dean Koontz. Can't believe it. It was great! Guess I shouldn't be surprised, Dean can even make Frankenstein new and interesting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20902)
    Performance
    (18743)
    Story
    (18810)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Best Read I've had for some time..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read it, just listened.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Definitely....every event was not what I expected.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ???s performance did you like?

    They were both believable and easy to listen to.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was unlike any other in recent memory. The closest I can think of is War of the Roses, but not really like that either. There were really no "humorous" moments, just intense ones. Amy's character was incredibly smart and she proved she knew her husband better than anyone else, including his twin sister. She guessed how he would react in any situation and proved consistently to be right. The book was long, but never ever got boring in my opinion. I'll definitely read this writer again!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (648)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Peter Berkrot?

    If I saw decent reviews. I've always liked his work, with the exception of the Odd Thomas books. This one had not yet been reviewed when I got it. Big Mistake.....Looks like he threw something together just to have something to release.It was long, repetitive and boring...I just kept hoping it would end soon. I finally just quit without finishing it.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz???s story?

    Everything. I'm not sure he really wrote this sad attempt.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Until now, I've always bought Dean Koontz books with no second thought. Will think twice (or more) in the future before wasting a credit on him.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1455)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "I would give it no stars if that were an option."
    Overall

    This is the worst novel and narrator I have ever wasted a credit on. I only downloaded it because of all the positive reviews. It was long ( thought it would never end) and the fact that I listened to it all attests to my aversion to wasting money. Please don't waste yours.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Heartbeat Away

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    On the night of the State of the Union address, President James Allaire expects to give the speech of his career. But no one anticipates the terrifying turn of events that forces him to quarantine everyone in the Capitol building. A terrorist group calling itself “Genesis” has unleashed WRX3883, a deadly, highly contagious virus, into the building. No one fully knows the deadly effect of the germ except for the team responsible for its development—a team headed by Allaire, himself.

    nancy says: "A HEARTBEAT AWAY"
    "Riveting."
    Overall

    I found this book to be completely engrossing. It was realistic and believable. Great listen. I love Michael Palmer and he did not disappoint with this one.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4646)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2102)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Wonderful listen."
    Overall

    I have avoided downloading this book for months because it just didn't seem like something I would enjoy. Then I read through all the reviews by other listeners, They were all so positive, I decided to risk a credit on it. I'm so glad I did. I enjoyed it more than most any other book I have downloaded this year. I fell in love with Jack and whoever did his voice is just amazing. It was so refreshing to listen to young Jack discover all the things we all take for granted,.

    If you've been hesitating about this one, go ahead and try it. You won't regret it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleepless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    The world is in the grip of an epidemic of sleeplessness and one man will risk everything to find out what caused it. In his signature style of fast-paced action, outrageous violence, and graphically described scenes, we are tossed into a dramatic turbulence unlike anything you've ever read or heard.

    Pamela says: "an intriguing plot"
    "If there was less than 1 star..."
    Overall

    This was the biggest waste of a credit imaginable. The story line sounded interesting, but it was far from that. I finished it, but only because I had nothing else to listen to or read. I normally listen constantly every day to a book, this I kept skipping whole days and feeling like I was wasting my time. Hope he doesn't write anything else.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (316)

    Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.

    Andrew says: "Narrator speaks at double speed without pauses…"
    "Black is Unique"
    Overall

    I found black to be intriguingly different than most books I've ready. Typically, I'm not much in to fantasy or romance, but this
    book held me spellbound...I can't wait for Red and White if they are half as good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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