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Janise

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  • Goddess of Vengeance: A Lucky Santangelo Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jackie Collins
    • Narrated By Jackie Collins, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Christian Baskous, and others
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    Jackie Collins’ fierce and wildly beautiful heroine Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance—in a novel full of power, passion, revenge, and the raging family dynamics of the Santangelo clan. And as always, Lucky comes out on top. Lucky runs a high profile casino and hotel complex, The Keys in Vegas. Lucky has everything. Family. Love. Life. And everything is exactly what billionaire businessman Armand Jordan is determined to take from her, on way or another.

    Tanisha says: "Fun listen but the male narrator is awful."
    "Another home run for Jackie"
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    This is a typical Jackie Collins novel. And if you love Jackie's books and more to the point, Lucky Santangelo, you will enjoy this book. My only complaint is that Jackie decided to do the voice of Lucky herself...big mistake. Lucky is supposed to be Italian. Jackie's English accent doesn't fit the character at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Game: Victor the Assassin Series, #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (452)

    Victor the assassin is living a solitary, peaceful life in Iceland when he's drawn into a job for an unidentified Swiss broker. Having passed the test, he's introduced to a group of mercenaries and killers who are tasked to perform the ultimate assassination.In this group, Victor meets someone from his past, someone who recruited him to the life he now knows-someone he thought was dead. And when he wants out, it's too late-his former mentor has other plans for him...

    John says: "1 Review for 3 books in series"
    "Keep em coming Tom!"
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    Would you listen to The Game again? Why?

    Absolutely. I am in love with Victor the Assassin. As I wait for the next book I'd happily listen to this again.


    What other book might you compare The Game to and why?

    I'm sure I'm not alone when I compare these books to "The Grey Man" series


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

    I think these books are my first experience with Rob Shapiro but 2 thumbs up!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No it didn't make me laugh or cry. And I didn't want it to. I want action and suspense and this book gave it to me in spades.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Wood is one of my new favorite authors. I hope this series keeps going. Victor is awesome and Rob Shapiro is an EXCELLENT narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Walk Alone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    In I’ll Walk Alone, Alexandra “Zan” Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the threshold of a successful Manhattan career, is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation, but may also be impersonating her in a scheme that may involve the much more brutal crimes of kidnapping and murder.

    Deborah says: "Quick Read"
    "Just didn't care for this book"
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    Would you try another book from Mary Higgins Clark and/or Jan Maxwell?

    Yes. I'm normally a big fan of Mary Higgin Clark. I just don't care for Jan Maxwell's narrating. And this particular story just got on my nerves.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Higgins Clark’s story?

    I just didn't care that much about the main character. I wasn't intrigued by the story and I couldn't wait for it to be over. I also don't like the way they're always talking about what they characters are thinking. It's annoying.


    What didn’t you like about Jan Maxwell’s performance?

    She sounds like she's whining all the time. And when she's trying to do a different voice she sounds like she holding her breath. I don't feel like her intonations are appropriate for the story and she doesn't make me like the characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I'll Walk Alone?

    The first hour of the book was excruciating. I could have skipped it.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like Mary Higgins Clark may be falling into the same trap as Danielle Steel. All her books feel the same to me. I was disappointed. It will be a while before I listen to another one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Money to Burn: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Grippando
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    At 31, Michael Cantella is a rising star at Wall Street’s premier investment bank, Saxton Silvers. Everything is going according to plan until Ivy Layton, the love of his life, vanishes on their honeymoon in the Bahamas. Fast-forward four years. It’s the eve of his 35th birthday, and Michael is still on track: successful career, beautiful new wife, piles of money.

    Steve says: "A Predictable Cartoon"
    "Home run James!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book! I kept me spellbound from beginning to end. I couldn't wait to get in my car to see what would happen next.


    What other book might you compare Money to Burn to and why?

    I might compare it to "The Partner" by John Grisham It had that "cat and mouse" thing going.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    I always hear Jack Swytek's voice when I hear Jonathan Davis so I guess in this book I like Andy


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

    When you think you have nothing to lose.....


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book was different than other James Grippando books. I LOVED it. He just keeps me interested ALWAYS. Another home run!

    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
    (10804)
    Performance
    (9696)
    Story
    (9700)

    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)"
    "Welcome back!! Vintage Grisham AWESOMENESS!!!"
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    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    I'm already planning to listen to it again. This book is John Grisham at his absolute BEST! A Time to Kill was previously my favorite book. To have the characters come back in this story is a dream come true. Thank you Mr. Grisham!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. The story was awesome, the characters entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Hard to say…probably the arrogant black attorney or Judge Atley


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

    I just loved the book every step of the way.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to my books in the car. I never wanted to get out of my car once I started this book. BRAVO Mr. Grisham. BRAVO!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (283)

    James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

    gerald says: "If you enjoy JP don't waste time with this one"
    "Oh James….shame on you"
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    What disappointed you about Mistress?

    Just about everything. The main character was supposed to be in mortal danger throughout the book yet he was just…silly. You couldn't be frightened for him couldn't root for him. He was just awful. THe non-stop references to old movies and cancelled TV shows was simply annoying.


    What could James Patterson and David Ellis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have tried to make it a comedy if they wanted me to take it seriously


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    He was actually very good. He was full of expression and had he been narrating another book I may well have enjoyed him.


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

    Disappointment and irritation


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE James Patterson. But this book was a total disappointment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4906)
    Performance
    (3788)
    Story
    (3769)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "My new favorite author!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is exciting from beginning to end!! I found myself taking the long way home because I didn't want to stop listening. What a riveting new character!


    What other book might you compare The Gray Man to and why?

    I think I would compare it to the David Baldacci series with the "Shaw" character or the Mitch Rapp books. The badazz hit man that you root for.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name just one and as I write this review I'm not even finished the book. But so far my favorite is the scene where the guys came to his "hideaway" to kill him and he blew the place up. Awesome!


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

    I think the famous Omar quote from "The Wire" sums it up perfectly: "If you come at the King, you best not miss"


    Any additional comments?

    This author is up there with the greats: James Patterson, John Sanford, Vince Flynn. I can't say enough good things about this book. And let's not forget Jay Snyder. He was PHENOMENAL. I enjoyed every word that came out of his mouth. Not since Frank Mueller have I been this impressed with a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whole Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (420)

    Pender Associates is a shadowy organization that specializes in managing seemingly impossible situations for its clients. Sometimes, those services extend to managing - and creating - armed conflict.

    Dan says: "Not up to standands"
    "I've got a new love!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Whole Truth to be better than the print version?

    I don't read print versions anymore so I can't say


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

    Absolutely!! I'm a new David Baldacci fan!


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

    I am IN LOVE with Ron McLarty. He is one of the BEST readers I've heard recently. I would love for him to narrate every book I listen to. He was simply perfection


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

    When love is gone...all that's left is revenge


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding book. I can't wait to start a David Baldacci series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13147)
    Performance
    (11342)
    Story
    (11323)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "I'm glad I bought an Ipad before I listened"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator's voice got on my nerves


    What didn’t you like about Dylan Baker’s performance?

    His inflections didn't work. His voice is just hard to listen to for a long time


    Did Steve Jobs inspire you to do anything?

    Go back to my mysteries. This book was WAY too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Steve Jobs is a jerk. I know lots of geniuses are but...ugh. I'm really not an Apple fanatic. My sister works there and bullies me into buying apple products. I like my Ipad for travel but all in all I think Apple products are overpriced and overhyped. All this book did was solidify that opinion. I'm 2/3 through the book and I keep waiting for ANYTHING to like about this man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1925)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1631)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Mel says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "First time...probably the last time"
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    What did you like best about Criminal? What did you like least?

    I think it could have been a good story. I thought that was one of the worst narrators I've ever heard.


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

    Change the narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen Early’s performances?

    Absolutely NOT


    Was Criminal worth the listening time?

    No. It was hours of my life I'll never get back


    Any additional comments?

    I think the writer wrote a good story. Unfortunately, audio books depend every bit on the narrator as the story. I seriously couldn't wait for this book to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1867)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (914)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "Grisham and Muller at their best"
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    I can't begin to tell you how much I miss Frank Muller. This man brings a story to life like nobody before or since. I would give him 10 stars if I could. And Grisham, well, we all know he's the master. The Testament is one of my favorites by him. The way this story unfolds is nothing short of genius. It starts with a bang and doesn't let up. I was riveted from beginning to end wondering how this whole thing would turn out. This is my third time listening to it. It's THAT GOOD.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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