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mzzelle

Seattle, WA United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Murder of a Bookstore Babe: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    While school psychologist Skye Denison eagerly anticipates the grand opening of a new bookstore called Tales Dropping off some books at Tales & Treats, many of Scumble River's most outspoken citizens want to shut down the owners before they even open - and one is angry enough to commit murder....

    cynthia says: "funny and twisting plot"
    "Not bad for a free download"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be enjoyed by someone who is more into stories than novels. It's mostly dialogue, few facts woven into the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something heavier with more "meat" to it


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

    I haven't heard any of the performers other books, but she is pretty good, and I enjoyed her voice and her intonations were believable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murder of a Bookstore Babe?

    I'm not sure I would have cut anything from the book - but I would ask the author to develop the characters further. they are so 2 dimensional, it lacks any real depth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (797)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Please, just stop."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm so annoyed with the characters not being able to do ANYTHING without soldiers charging them, getting lost in the dark, falling through ceilings, falling down a cliff, etc. etc. etc.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Crichton’s story?

    It could have been soooo much better! Where is the immersion into the rich world of the 14th century? I wanted it to fill my imagination, not stretch it. I had to do all the work. It could have been written in any date/time because it's just one big fight scene under another. The main characters are not fleshed out, the secondary characters are weak and shallow.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing really stands out because each chapter is so much like the one ahead of it.


    Did Timeline inspire you to do anything?

    FInd another book.


    Any additional comments?

    Reads more like a first novel from an aspiring author - not like it should from a giant like Chrichton. There are many more better time travel books out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (465)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "A fun surprise!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Emily and Einstein the most enjoyable?

    The narration was astounding - the voices and acting for each character brought this story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Einstein reminded me of a dog I once had, who seemed almost human.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not but now will search them out.


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

    It wasn't riveting to the point where I felt I needed to listen to "just ten more minutes" but so enjoyable to pick up each day.


    Any additional comments?

    This was not a book I sought out, it was a daily deal and usually those are tolerable, sometimes OK. That's why I was surprised to find a totally engaging story, told my remarkably talented narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Catherine McKenzie
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Angela Dawe, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: His wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff's estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company's behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff's life.

    E. says: "The Voice of Claire"
    "#Clairesvoice"
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    Would you listen to Hidden again? Why?

    No, there would be absolutely no reason to ever listen to this again and put myself in that kind of agony when Claire's whiny voice was narrating. Nails on a blackboard would be a delight, a song, a chorus of angelic voices compared to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden?

    While the story was interesting, nothing really pops out as a "WOW" moment. It flows along and keeps you wondering how things will play out - but overall it's not edge of your seat material.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm not sure which person performed Claire's voice, but it deserves its own hashtag for being one of the worst voices I've listened to in the over 70 books I've downloaded.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing stays a secret.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth a credit - it's entertaining, but take a valium when Claire is reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curiosity: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen Kiernan
    • Narrated By Kate Udall, Erik Bergmann, George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Dr. Kate Philo makes a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. Heedless of the potential consequences, Kate's boss orders that the frozen man be reanimated. As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was - is - a judge, Jeremiah Rice. Thrown together by fate, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping away. Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.

    MJ Meyerson says: "SOOO disappointing"
    "Almost perfect"
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    If you could sum up The Curiosity in three words, what would they be?

    Can't sum it up in three words or less, but Characters, Story and Plot are all very good. The narrators were wonderful - they powerfully projected the feelings and thoughts of the characters which led me in quickly.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Kiernan? Why or why not?

    Up until the last chapter I would have said YES, but I feel so let down by the ending of The Curiosity, I'm not sure I would.


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

    They were all fantastic - their voices were pleasurable to listen to and they enacted their characters wonderfully.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Killed the Cat.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose some people will find the ending believable and enjoy it - I thought it was abrupt and without thought or planning. It sounded like the author put so much into the rest of the book he was worn out and just wanted it done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (419)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    Teresa says: "Keep your iron tools handy."
    "Reads like a debut novel"
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    What did you like best about Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman? What did you like least?

    The sarcastic wit of the protagonist is delightful, but his personality is just one dimensional. He expresses little feeling except a "whatever" attitude. You don't feel his fear, passion, longing or anything else.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jim Bernheimer before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first - I thought it was his first too.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    He's consistent, alternates between voices quite well and "acts" the copy so it sounds in character.


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

    Probably not - I think the ghosts and skinwalkers are better left to the imagination.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like how the book started and just kept rambling into Episodes. The storyline built over time, but at first it was disjointed, like separate vignettes, and didn't flow right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Karen Perry
    • Narrated By Aaron Abano, Michelle Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Tangiers. Harry is preparing his wife's birthday dinner while she is still at work and their son, Dillon, is upstairs asleep in bed. Harry suddenly remembers that he's left Robin's gift at the café in town. It's only a five minute walk away and Dillon's so tricky to put down for the night, so Harry decides to run out on his own and fetch the present. Disaster strikes. An earthquake hits, buildings crumble, people scream and run. Harry fights his way through the crowd to his house, only to find it razed to the ground.

    ellegreenland says: "Suspenseful, beautiful and gripping"
    "Suspenseful, beautiful and gripping"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocent Sleep?

    Harry is so complex a character. He's flawed and yet deeply passionate about his son, his work and his wife. He gets so caught up in the moments of life that he fails to consider the consequences of his actions. This doesn't serve him well, and ultimately he pays an unbearable price for what seemed so harmless at the time.


    What does Aaron Abano and Michelle Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators absorbed each character so well, they could not have done a better job in portraying the mercurial nature of Harry and the stoic pragmatism of Robin. The minor characters are no exception. Aaron Abano especially voiced each personality in distinct and heartfelt dimensions.


    Any additional comments?

    Just get this book - you will want to sit and listen all the way through. That would be a mistake. This is one of those books that is better with time to ponder over what you heard. You will be surprised as the story develops and will enjoy every minute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (760)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "Pure fun!"
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    Would you listen to The Hypnotist's Love Story again? Why?

    I'm not a re-listener, but I truly did enjoy every minute of this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ms. Moriarty creates such likable characters, with interesting jobs and lives. She's downright funny, but there were many poignant moments as well.


    Have you listened to any of Tamara Lovatt Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but would in a heartbeat after hearing her in this one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several - it was so easy to identify with the characters, each in a different way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Synchronicity Key: The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Wilcock
    • Narrated By David Wilcock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Using history, astrology, and synchronicity theory as well as concepts such as fractals, spiritual geometry, quantum physics, and other new research, Wilcock shows that there is a hidden architecture within time, guiding individuals and nations through a system of enlightenment Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Historical events occur in shockingly precise, repeating cycles of time as a result. Once we understand and identify the hidden laws governing the fates of individuals and nations through seemingly random "synchronicity", we are left with a remarkable blueprint of how best to lead our lives in this uncertain and confusing world.

    kristen says: "If you liked The Source Field Investigations..."
    "Reading is halting and hard to listen to."
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    Would you try another book from David Wilcock and/or David Wilcock?

    Yes, as long as he wasn't reading it - it was terrible! He places emphasis on each word so there's no way you don't understand that He. Is. Making. A. Point....


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    YES - I had to turn it to speed 1.25 and that helped, but it hurts my ears to listen to this book.


    Could you see The Synchronicity Key being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Uh - no.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the printed or Kindle version.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Caught in the Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls suddenly and desperately in love with a woman he meets by pure chance, Marian Esguard. Back in England, he separates from his wife and goes to meet Marian at an agreed rendezvous, only to hear her tell him on the telephone that she will not, after all, be coming. Then she vanishes from his life as mysteriously as she entered it. Who and where is the woman he met and fell in love with in Vienna?

    Janice says: "Three rules when reading Goddard . . ."
    "A little hard to believe"
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    Would you listen to Caught in the Light again? Why?

    There were characters I enjoyed, and the descriptions were lovely, the story line was intriguing, but no - once was enough.


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

    It was just all a little to hard to believe, like he really left his wife and hurt his daughter after knowing someone for 4 days? He really quit his job and invested that much time and effort into someone again, he'd known so briefly? And the reason for the story line, that (SPOILER) someone would mastermind such an incredible farce... sorry - just can't buy it.


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

    I have not - but I enjoyed his telling of this one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life isn't always what you think, people are rarely who they say they are.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining, thus the 3 stars - but felt short changed after it was over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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