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Cheryl

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  • Shattered

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Lord
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    PI Gemma Lincoln and Sergeant Angie McDonald are on the case - tracking down a cold-blooded killer and piecing together evidence that hints that the murdered may have been the cop. Gabrielle Lord draws on all her skills to weave a story that is bloody and unpredictable, yet at the same time personal, warm and very thoughtful. She stands alone as a writer who can bring together a brutal, complex crime plot with a very modern relationship story and make both threads thrilling and compelling.

    Cheryl says: "Another Excellent Story"
    "Another Excellent Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shattered to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version so can't compare them. I did enjoy the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy the way Gabrielle Lord continues to round out Jemma's character by interweaving her personal story with her professional investigations.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Caroline Lee's narration was engaging throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has captivated readers and listeners with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of the world's favourite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small American town.

    Madeleine says: "Grisham is all about the craft"
    "Lived Up to Expectation"
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    Performance
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    John Grisham has done it again. When Jake Brigance receives a letter from a dead man he has to decide whether to pretend it doesn't exist or take on a legal battle that will threaten Ford County's fragile race relations and, ultimately, uncover a forgotten past injustice. As always, the surprising twists in the plot make this book a page turner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1894)
    Story
    (1912)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Fast Paced and Action Packed"
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    How do you stay alive when your enemy has the same lethal skills as you do? Mark Greaney has developed a complex story populated with equally complex characters The pace is rapid with so many unexpected plot twists the reader is constantly re-evaluating who, if anyone, is a good guy. While reading this book, I was unaware that it is the fourth book in the series. It is a gripping page turner.It can be read as a stand alone story, but I will, now read the preceding novels to find out what else the Gray Man has had to endure to ensure his survival.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (630)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    A Frayed Knot says: "It's no Game of Thrones..."
    "An Unconventional Heroine"
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    Performance
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    Celaena Sardothien,an assassin with an interesting moral code, is a curious mix of naive teen and ruthless killer. While this story cannot be considered literature, it is an easy and entertaining read. I'm hooked enough to want to read the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorcery Code: Volume 1: A Fantasy Novel of Magic, Romance, Danger, and Intrigue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could've ever imagined - because, instead of an object, he creates Her.

    Ira says: "I'm Looking For Volume 2 Already"
    "Lots of Potential"
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    In Kuldon, those with magical powers rule. Blaise, one of the most skilled sorcerers in the land, lives in self-imposed isolation. Ignoring the Sorcerers Council’s injunction forbidding its creation, Blaise has finally succeeded in manifesting an object which will allow peasants to use magic. But it’s not in the form he expected. Lying on the floor of his study is Gala, the naked embodiment of female physical perfection. Suppressing his curiosity about her abilities, Blaise yields to Gala’s desire to “live as a normal person”. Leaving her in the care of his friends Ester and Maya, he requests that they ensure Gala does not draw attention to herself. Gala’s physical beauty draws plenty of admiring male and envious female attention, but it is what happens when she is upset that makes it impossible for Ester and Maya to keep their promise to Blaise.

    While the unpredictable manifestation of Gala’s powers and their unintended consequences is the central theme of this volume, there are several subplots giving context and depth to the story. Blaise’s ex-fiancée, Augusta, abhorrent of his creation, is torn between the Council’s rules and protecting Blaise. Augusta’s new lover, Barson, has ambitions that he needs Augusta’s influence to achieve. Ganir, leader of the Sorcerer’s Council and Blaise’s former mentor, manipulates Augusta and wants to use Blaise and Gala to further his own agenda. With chapter’s being named for and written from the point of view of particular characters, the reader is privy to their private motivations while simultaneously observing how their webs of deceit unwittingly entangle creating a catalyst for the unexpected.
    The world of Kuldon, like many books in the fantasy genre, is a medieval feudal society. The peasant culture and circumstances are primarily used to highlight the disparate wealth and power of the ruling class of sorcerers. The battle scenes, in particular, are sufficiently graphic to feel credible without overdoing the realism.

    In this volume, we meet the main players and discover portions of their individual and mutual histories. At this stage, no character’s personality traits or voice is clear enough to negate the need for named chapter headings. Perhaps future volumes will have greater scope more in depth of character development. Unexpectedly, the magic is a character in its own right. The ingenious way the sorcerers access their powers sets this story apart. Likewise, Gala’s abilities and her use of magic is novel.

    As the first of a series, this book felt like it was simply laying a complex foundation for the real story to come. I found the melodramatic style of Emily Durante’s narration detracted significantly from the authors’ storytelling. I would have enjoyed it much more had I read the book. This epic has lots of potential yet to be realised. If you enjoy tales of magical powers set against a background of political intrigue and subterfuge, you will probably like this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

    Cay.S says: "Such an exquisite story, I didn't want it to end"
    "Beautifully written"
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    This is a delightfully crafted tale about choices and their consequences. The simple decision to talk to a friend while he smoked a cigarette on school grounds results in a life altering event for Theo Decker. All subsequent decisions set the stage for less than savoury entanglements. The underlying theme is about which of the myriad obvious or subtle decisions Theo makes could have changed his life's course for the better.

    Although this book is an extraordinarily long and, at times, dense with psychological detailed, at no time does the story get bogged down or seem to drag. This is the first Danna Tartt book I've 'read' but it definitely not be the last.

    The excellent narration and characterisations added another level of my enjoyment of this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Water Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Attica Locke
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (72)

    Writing in the tradition of Dennis Lehane and Greg Iles, Attica Locke, a powerful new voice in American fiction, delivers a brilliant debut thriller that readers will not soon forget. Jay Porter is hardly the lawyer he set out to be. His most promising client is a low-rent call girl and he runs his fledgling law practice out of a dingy strip mall. But he's long since made peace with not living the American Dream and carefully tucked away his darkest sins: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him.

    BethB says: "Compelling period story"
    "Well written suspence"
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    This is a well written suspenseful novel. I was engaged form the first page to the last. I will now seek out other books by this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2789)
    Performance
    (2495)
    Story
    (2504)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Scarily Plausible"
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    Once the technology is out there its use cannot be controlled. This is a story of what could happen if commercial interest clash with the national interest. A gripping page turner that requires a minimum of suspension of belief. Definitely one of the best books I've read recently. I'll be reading more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for help to whoever may be listening comes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A.s most prestigious prep schools.

    Jonna says: "Really disappointed"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The excellent character development made for engaging reading. Who do you trust when nothing is as it seems? John Rubinstein's narration added to the tension inherent in Jonathon Kellerman's story-telling style. I enjoyed this novel so much I can't wait to read more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breach of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (269)

    Jason Kolarich has spent the past year struggling to recover from the horrific deaths of his wife and baby daughter. On the night of their deaths, Kolarich was at the office, awaiting a call from a confidential informant named Ernesto Ramirez — a call that never came. Kolarich blames himself not only for the deaths of his wife and child, but for the informant’s murder as well. He can’t bring back his family, but he can find out who killed Ramirez and bring the killer to justice.

    Mama bear says: "Kept me listening."
    "Highly recommend"
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    Although it is a long and complex story I was hooked right from the start. Can't wait to read more by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11009)
    Performance
    (9987)
    Story
    (10009)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Had potential"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    I wouldn't be averse to reading another book by Peter Clines. The narration was excellent.


    Would you recommend 14 to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it as a light read as long as they are willing to accept that ultimately credibily is stretched to breaking point


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    No particular favourite


    Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't think a follow up book would be worthwhile as the plot conclusion lacked plausibility so if continued would be in danger of becoming ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    This story had great potential with some interesting and innovative twists. I was disappointed the solution to the "mystery" of Apartment 14 was so improbable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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