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P. Minor

Indiana/USA

ratings
1602
REVIEWS
111
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
15
HELPFUL VOTES
399

  • French Silk

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (740)

    Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness. The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk’s erotic sleepwear as sinful. And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect. District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is damning herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he feels her drawing him into her world and her very soul....

    OLIVIA says: "Sandra Brown at her Best!!"
    "Bad Romance novel"
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    What did you like best about French Silk? What did you like least?

    Nothing really


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sickenly sweet, soft ...bad....Southern accents. ICk


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story verges HEAVILY into romance novel territory with needlessly graphic sexual descriptions of the heavily panting lead characters who in real life would have been bitter enemies. Both lead characters were totally unbelievable. The author could easily have built up the attraction and sexual tension between the two characters without the classless, graphic descriptions and improbable encounters.The leads' behaviors were out of character with any modern times as well. No powerful woman who owns and runs her own company would have permitted a cop/prosecutor to physically and verbally abuse her as this one did while making sure she knew she was a murder suspect and yet NOT call her own lawyer. Oh...but she did jump into bed with him. Yeah, very believable. Maybe in the Romance novel world this is considered believable, but not in the real world and I did not KNOW I was buying a romance novel.And what time period was this taking place in? I initially thought it was modern/current time (21st Century) but their behavior and that of the various agencies involved in solving the crime were decidedly 20th century or earlier. No cell phones...no pc's for searches...cops walking all over citizens' privacy rights....oh, well maybe that is current! At any rate, I figured it must have taken place in the 1980's to 90's but I see that the book was released in 2010. Some allusion to the year might have helped the sense of unreality the listener had when listening to the preposterous behavior of the characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Factory: Penn Cage, Book 3.5

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (345)

    When a heart attack sends Penn's father, Tom Cage, to the ER, Tom begs that his son be brought to his side to hear a dying declaration. But when Penn arrives, Tom denies ever making the request - keeping his secrets for another day. The emergency hurls Penn back to a chilling case in Houston, where he worked in a DA's office known as the "death factory", which sent more killers to death row than any other in America.

    Kitty says: "Over acting..."
    "Wrong, wrong,wrong narrator!"
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    Why, oh why do they insist on changing narrators in the middle of a series? The listener gets accustomed to how a character sounds and putting someone in with a completely different voice is usually a disaster as it was in this novella.....and apparently in the following book. I could barely listen to this one all the way through and it's only because it was just over 2 hrs that made that possible. I already have the next book but I don't know that I can listen to it. This narrator sounds like a surfer -dude.....No offense to surfers but they're aren't right for this series. He is also way overly dramatic at times and it's almost impossible to tell when he's changing characters because his voice has no range. I would not recommend this or the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16671)
    Performance
    (13797)
    Story
    (13823)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Kurt Schwoppe says: "A Realistic Worst Nightmare"
    "Unrealistic neo-conservative lecture on our societ"
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    See Victor of NY's review below. He spells out pretty clearly what is wrong with this entire scenario. And I got tired of the constant lectures on the evilness of human beings and the need for military style control of our society. It's goals are pretty blatant. And the Forward by Newt Gingrich was a dead giveaway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nowhere Man: Evan Smoak, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (6161)
    Performance
    (5799)
    Story
    (5774)

    Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

    John says: "Liked the original, moaned over the second!"
    "Narrator ruined it for me"
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    I couldn't finish listening. I really couldn't deal with Scott Brick's overly soft and dramatic manner of reading and had to stop so I really don't know how good the actual story is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Deeper Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (928)

    As a medical examiner, Samantha Owens knows her job is to make a certain sense of death with crisp methodology and precision instruments. But the day the Tennessee floods took her husband and children, the light vanished from Sam’s life. She has been pulled into a suffocating grief no amount of workaholic ardor can penetrate - until she receives a peculiar call from Washington, D.C. On the other end of the line is an old boyfriend’s mother, asking Sam to do a second autopsy on her son.

    Kindle Customer says: "Couldn't put it down!"
    "Whiney helpless female"
    Overall
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    I really can't stand a whiney, helpless female lead character. She makes the entire story tedious and this female lead is one of the worst I've come across. Now, let me say, I AM a female, too , so I know they don't have to be portrayed like that. Then, add on a somewhat overly dramatic narrator and you have a book that is very hard to listen to. I think giving it 3 stars is actually being generous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liars & Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (507)

    Tommy Carmellini is sent to post guard duty at a farmhouse in Virginia's remote Blue Ridge Mountains, where top government operatives are debriefing a star defector: the ultimate KGB insider, a man with records on every operation and every dirty trick the shadowy intelligence agency has ever run, from Lenin to Putin.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast Paced - Good Read!"
    "Juvenile hero"
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    Was this written for teenage boys? The dialog was juvenile ...teen male hero stuff with too much unbelievable gun play. Just the kind of macho action that would make the perfect summer movie for teen/young men. The hero is definitely a misogynist and the women all need rescuing. Ugh.
    Somewhere in that mess was a pretty good story line but it was hard to stick with it long enough to see it through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Constant Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2038)
    Performance
    (1803)
    Story
    (1800)

    Best-selling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his young bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother Henry, become Queen, and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.

    Theodore says: "Beautiful Story..."
    "A very different view of Catherine"
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    The presentation of Catherine in this story was so different from that presented in The Autobiography of Henry the VII that I thought it might be a different Catherine altogether. Perhaps no one can ever know if she was indeed a true virgin when she became Henry's wife or a schemer determined to be Queen at any cost and willing to lie about her life with Arthur.
    And this book did end rather abruptly before talking about her real struggles after Henry locked her away.
    But, did enjoy the story for what it was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bricking It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nick Spalding
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1155)

    When siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother's derelict Victorian farmhouse, it seems like a dream come true. All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit! Except - as anyone who has renovated an old house knows - things are never that easy. The walls are rapidly crumbling around them, the architect is a certified lunatic, the budget is spiraling...and then there's the disturbingly intelligent cow to worry about.

    Dennise says: "Just rather silly..."
    "Silly and immature"
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    I had to come back to Audible to see if this was actually written as a teen book. I may have had a slight grin or two but truly did not find it funny at all.....just sophomoric. It was a big disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Far from True

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Mark Zeisler, Brian O'Neil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a recent break-in at her father's house. Cal discovers a hidden basement room where it's clear that salacious activities have taken place - as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realizes it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in....

    P. Minor says: "I would have given it a 5 , but....."
    "I would have given it a 5 , but....."
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    This was a 5 star listen for me right up to the last few words......and then it ended with no resolution to any but one "minor" murder. It's a complex story with a LOT of storylines and I like that but I do expect the story to tie it together at the end. I have not read the first in the series so I will now go back and read that one. I understand now that it also leaves you hanging. I'm not sure I like this style at all......I have a hard enough time remembering what I read last week, let alone a year or more later.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poisonous: The Max Revere Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allison Brennan
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    Teenaged Internet bully Ivy Lake fell off a cliff, and few people cared...except her mentally challenged 18-year-old stepbrother, Tommy. He loved her in spite of her cruelty. He's distraught and doesn't understand why his blended family is falling apart. After a year, the police still have no answers: Ivy could have jumped, she could have been pushed, or it could have been an accident. With too many suspects and not enough evidence, the investigation has grown cold.

    Lynne Peterson says: "Allison Brennan does it again!"
    "Not sure I can finish it"
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    As I began listening to this book , I thought I'd mistakenly bought a teen book as the narrator reads it as if she is around 13 yrs old. It really throws off the feeling of a murder mystery when she speaks with an "oh, golly, gee" tone to everything. Often I felt as if I was 5 and being read to by my kindergarten teacher.
    The story, however, is good and I'm determined to get through it to find out "who dun it".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harder They Come: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By T.C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Graham Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (661)

    Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people - an aging ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover - as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.

    Bonny says: "Intense, gripping, absorbing"
    "What was the point?"
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    I listened to almost the entire book but could not find anything the least bit interesting in the characters or their lives. There were 3 parallel stories that appeared to be going nowhere. I assume that they somehow converged at the end but I just didn't care. I fell asleep so many times I was afraid I'd wear out my rewind button.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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