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Lydia

Orange, NJ, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 7 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 336 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Dark Demon: Dark Series, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (257)

    A shape-shifter, Natalya hunts those who kill by night. Searching for vampires and Carpathians high in the mountains, she is as deadly as she is beautiful. Vikirnoff, a Carpathian, also hunts vampires, but his people are Natalya's enemies. One night, Vikirnoff joins Natalya in a vicious clash with vampires. Although the two are victors, the battle between their hearts and souls has just begun. Can desire overcome their ancestral enmity?

    Lydia says: "Overdone"
    "Overdone"
    Overall

    How many "hot searing kisses" can two characters share in one story. Good God! The author really needs to work on widening her vocabulary. I have never experienced so much unjustifiable blatant sexual tension. Just too much, it made the story almost unbearable. After spending over $20.00 I forced myself to finish. Save yourself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6785)
    Performance
    (6291)
    Story
    (6309)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Satisfied"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    The perfect ending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    Daniel's conversation with Dick Hallorann (all of them)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Abra's 1st trap


    Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

    Rose the Hat


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful twisting journey. I enjoyed this ride and kept coming back again and again. The narrator was amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2397)
    Performance
    (2049)
    Story
    (2039)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Epppp!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story.


    Has A Wanted Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was nice to see Reacher again.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to agree with many of the negative reviews for this book. If I could do this all again, I would skip this book. The story stalled somewhere in the middle and never regained its momentum. After all the build up in the car if just fell flat. All the things I really loved about Reacher seemed to be left out of this book. And what is with all the mindless travelling. I struggled to finish this one. A definite miss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (1115)
    Story
    (1125)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Reminds me of something...."
    Overall

    Some of the all too critical reviews dissuaded me from purchasing this book. When I finally took a listen it was a shock. I admit that it sounds a lot like The Stand - Raggedy Man/Trashcan Man there were a few parallels to Dawn of the Dead, but if you are truly a Stephen King fan it is not so hard to spot the differences in this work and appreciate the ending.

    BTW the book is read by one author. There is a pitch and volume issue three times that I noticed but nothing that will interfere with the "stuck to the edge of your seat" ride that the novel takes you on.

    I felt paranoid, elated and scared right along with the characters. I can't recommend this book enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Island of Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard...literally. In the summer of 1942, as the country gears up for a fullscale commitment to WWII, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel for the war.

    Frank says: "outstanding listen!"
    "Great story but too RUSHED!"
    Overall

    The plot of the story is an excellent one, the ending was just wonderful, but somewhere in the middle with not enough time to jump between the two storylines the author attempts to sum up the story so that everything wraps up neatly. When I got to the end I felt a little hoodwinked. I don't even know where the romance in the story came from or went. If you are looking for a quick escape this is the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nate Blakeslee
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Early one morning in the summer of 1999, authorities in the tiny West Texas town of Tulia began a roundup of suspected drug dealers. By the time the sweep was done, over 40 people had been arrested and one of every five black adults in town was behind bars, all accused of dealing cocaine to the same undercover officer, Tom Coleman.

    JOHN says: "A Must Read"
    "Oh My God!"
    Overall

    To date it is by far the best of all of the audio books I have listened to. It was extremely well written and best yet, well read. The fact that it is based on true events makes the story captivating to say the least. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a good story - the kind that makes you pull your car over just to get all the details.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7002)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1793)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Repetitive"
    Overall

    If you have read Angels and Demons that premise is the same. Damsel in distress, smart guy, danger. The twists were great but the book was not all I expected it to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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