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Paula

Inkom, ID, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Wendy and the Lost Boys: A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Silkstone
    • Narrated By Nicole Colburn
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When a deathbed promise to a friend leaves Wendy Darlin, feisty Miami real estate broker for billionaires, trapped on a super-yacht with Ponzi-king, Charlie Hook, she's forced to join him on a quest to recover his hidden treasure. Along for the danger-filled adventure are an undercover SEC investigator, who kindles a spark in Wendy with his "Johnny Depp" eyes and Hook's young female helicopter pilot who befriends Wendy as they sail the high seas, one step ahead of modern-day ruthless pirates.

    Tiffany A. Harkleroad says: "Wendy is Wonderful"
    "Awful"
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    Story
    What would have made Wendy and the Lost Boys better?

    A storyline. I know it was a fractured fairytale, but some original thought (without the over reliance on sex) would have been nice.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara Silkstone again?

    Nope.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wendy and the Lost Boys?

    The beginning. Any book that has to rely on kicking a man in the privates and talking about his engorged penis is off to a bad start.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointed. Terrible

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1040)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Interesting View of Shakespeare's Infamous Tale"
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    What did you like best about Macbeth: A Novel? What did you like least?

    I liked the human side the author's created. I didn't always agree with some of the characteristic choices the authors assigned to some of the well known characters, but I guess that's the beauty of literature, we all bring personal expectations to things we read.

    Macbeth was interesting to me as a novel because I hate teaching it to my seniors. I was hoping to connect to it more, and I think it worked. I'm going to give it another try; I might even play one of the battle scenes for the kids.


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

    I think the battle scenes were really well written. It was not difficult to picture the scenes, especially at the end when Macduff challenges Macbeth. I often had trouble with Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Sometimes their relationship was weakly drawn.


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

    I haven't listened to him before - I will though. I liked him.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (771)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "Predictable"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Other Tami Hoag fans might think this book was great.

    I usually enjoy Tami Hoag when I want a great potato chip read (little literary value, just fun). This one missed the mark.

    I had it solved within pages of meeting the guilty party. That always creates a sense of disappointment for me. I was sad!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening to both James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. So far they're both great.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    None, I guess Anne was okay. I do usually enjoy Kirsten Potter though. I'll find another novel she reads and try again.


    What character would you cut from Deeper Than the Dead?

    Most of them. Vince, the haggard FBI guy, was just too much, too flawed, too perfect, too smart, too typical. Not believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't give up on Tami Hoag. You just can't win them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranded!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (241)

    Rock is something of a nerd - or so his best friend, Kelli, has always claimed, simply because he's a brainy guy. He's an up-and-coming businessman, determined to go far fast - and he's the total opposite of fun-loving Kelli. To his regret, Kelli has always seen him as a best friend, never as a potential lover.

    Judy says: "Didn't live up to it's potential"
    "Don't bother."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I HATE books that are about shallow relationships. This story was just so predictable with a bit of unrealistic sex thrown in for good measure. No value to this story at all. I wish I could remember why I bought it - I must have been insane, or hit the wrong button. The only people I'd recommend this to are the shallow people who enjoy those icky Shades of Grey books. Waste of time!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lori Foster again?

    Never


    What didn’t you like about Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

    Fortgang was fine, it was the story that was lacking.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stranded!?

    All of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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