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Lu

Johns Creek, GA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Vanish: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (270)

    A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Body Double.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, but...."
    "Same caliber as Baldacci"
    Overall

    This was an excellent book and very well written. I thought the narration was top-notch and the accents believable. I would put Gerritson right up there with Baldacci. I actually enjoyed this book more than Baldacci's latest work, which also focused on abused government defense contractors. Gerritson does a fabulous job of weaving in the plot through so many different angles. You're never really sure who is good or bad until the end. Loved it and can't wait for her next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Public Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (422)

    Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

    Lisa says: "Long, Dark, Depressing, Boring & Disappointing"
    "Couldn't wait for this book to end"
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    I've read most Nora Roberts books but I honestly think she has pseudo writers who occasionally trash her talent. I was extremely disappointed in this novel. Like other reviewers, I wish I knew when I purchased it that it was an earlier of her novels. I wouldn't have bought it. Overall, the book was way too long, the heroine was weak (sorry, I appreciate the devastation of abuse, but it was out of place here), and there was no romance or chemistry between characters. The only positive for me was the narrator. I think she did a great job, but that was not sufficient to keep my interest.

    I normally listen to audiobooks of this length within 3-5 days, but after a month, I was barely able to get it finished, and that was just because I kept hoping something good would happen. Save your money/credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2157)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1819)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Glad I listened but not my favorite DeMille book"
    Overall
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    Nelson DeMille is a gifted writer and definitely one of my favorite authors. With Scott Brick my favorite narrator, I was really looking forward to this book. Although I did enjoy it, it was long and I found myself becoming irritated by John Corey's sarcasm. DeMille carried it over-the-edge with this book. Like many other reviewers, I also thought there was too much time spent on describing Yemen, although I did learn a lot - as is usual with DeMille's books. It seemed the end was a bit rushed and I didn't get enough of an opportunity to really hate the Panther like I did with Asad Khalil.

    Overall, I'm just grateful to have had the opportunity to have read/listened to another DeMille book. He's one-of-a-kind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9852)
    Performance
    (8874)
    Story
    (8883)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Would have been better if half in size"
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    I'm a longtime Grisham fan and have read most of his books. I'm surprised at the number of highly positive reviews for this book. While the story was good, it lumbered along at a snail's pace. Literally, half of it could have been left out and the book would have been much better. It was just too long. I felt like it took me the year-plus it took to get to trial to get through the book. I also felt that the characters were haphazardly developed - some too much and others like Lettie, the focus of the story, not enough. I never felt like I really knew her.

    Michael Beck did a great job as usual.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10959)
    Performance
    (9886)
    Story
    (9978)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Even a less than perfect novel is still awesome"
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    I'm such a fan of Dan Brown. I feel privileged for the opportunity to read, learn and experience his books. I will admit that I didn't initially get completely absorbed in Inferno as I did in his other novels, but I'm still so grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to it. I think the reason is that his first novels were so magnificent that even he would have a hard time surpassing them. But I loved every part of this book. I learned so much about Florence, Italy and Dante that I have renewed interest in learning more. Brown does such an amazing job merging reality and history into fiction that you always wonder, "could this happen?" I think it could and it scares the heck out of me.

    Even though it took me a month to get through this novel, I'm so glad I went against many reviews and got it. I will be thinking about the story for many years to come. And I can't wait for the next Dan Brown novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7809)
    Performance
    (6802)
    Story
    (6795)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "Amazing story and characters"
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    I loved this book from the very beginning to the closing word! Abigail was one of the most unique characters I've read in a long time and Brooks was the perfect man for her. The storyline kept me hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2526)
    Performance
    (2103)
    Story
    (2115)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Hard to put down"
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    I've read all of Lisa Gardner's novels and LOVE when a new one comes out. She's definitely one of my favorites! D.D. Warren is a hard cop but I've really enjoyed watching her grow into someone you would love to have on your team. I think that Kirsten Potter does such an amazing job portraying her. Whether it's more than one narrator or just her (as in this novel), the performance is always amazing. This book is so worth the price. I honestly couldn't put it down (or for audible terms, turn it off). No words for it other than fabulous!!! I can't wait for Gardner's next novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19151)
    Performance
    (17047)
    Story
    (17007)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Remove 1/3 of book and it would have been amazing"
    Overall
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    The story and premise were great. The narrator was one of the best I've listened to and did an amazing job with accents and capturing the essence of each character. My only complaint with this book was the length. Easily, one-third of the book (or more) could have been left out and it would have been so much better. However, I loved the ending. It was worth the wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3294)
    Performance
    (2690)
    Story
    (2660)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "The narrator needs to retire!"
    Overall
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    I love Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch, but Len Carious needs to retire. I kept wanting to clear my throat for him. I know Harry is getting older, but the narrator is too old sounding even for Harry. He does a poor job with voices and has so many unnatural pauses, mostly because I think he can't catch his breath. Honestly, he needs to retire well before Harry! Other than the narrator, it was a great novel. It's time for me to just read the novel if this narrator continues to be selected to be the voice of Harry Bosch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rita Henuber
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (101)

    Coast Guard helicopter pilot Olivia Carver is on a very personal mission. Her twin brother, an undercover officer, was murdered by a drug cartel, and she won't stop until she finds the man responsible for his death. In the course of her own investigation, Olivia meets informant Rico Cortes. He's mysterious and sexy, and despite her reservations, the two share a night of passion. But Rico turns out to be more than a one-night stand....

    Maria says: "Great Story"
    "I'm sorry that I didn't finish this one..."
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    This book made me feel like a female wrote it trying to come off as a male. How many references to "dick" can you take in one book? I love saucy romance novels, but I didn't make it to the end on this one, as much as I tried. Maybe things would have changed, but I was mega disappointed and not at all engaged.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Bosch Box Set: 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1764)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1209)

    Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

    Jami says: "nice collection -- one missing in the order though"
    "Great collection and deal!"
    Overall

    After recently finding Michael Connelly, I'm working my way through his books. They are all outstanding, even though I haven't "read" them in chronological order. Although Len Cariou does a nice job narrating, I much prefer Peter Giles who narrates the Mickey Haller books. I think Len makes Harry Bosch sound too old and doesn't do well with the female voices. Peter Giles flawlessly transitions between characters. Regardless, I can't wait to listen to Connelly's remaining books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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