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Loraine

KAYCEE, WY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Flowers in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By V.C. Andrews®
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (408)

    This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

    Marthe says: "Awesome!"
    "Still great after all these years."
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    Would you listen to Flowers in the Attic again? Why?

    Yes I would, and probably will at some point. I read this series 20 years ago, and it was just as good this time. Such a great auther that passed away too soon.


    What other book might you compare Flowers in the Attic to and why?

    I am an avid reader, and I've never read anything that would compare to this book, it was defitely an original.


    Which character – as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan – was your favorite?

    Probably Cathy as she is the one telling the story for all of them.


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

    No, I wanted to make it last. I listen while doing house cleaning, so it makes it more enjoyable lol.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2919)
    Performance
    (2542)
    Story
    (2581)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "My Favorite Book Ever!!!!"
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    Would you listen to Swan Song again? Why?

    Oh yes! I will listen to this book many, many times. I loved it so much. Great story & characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swan Song?

    For me it was when one of the main characters died. This is the first time I've been moved to tears by reading/listening.


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

    His change of characters was very well done. Usually I find that distracting, but really enjoyed him.


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

    Oh I tried! For 3 days I did nothing but listen to this. Usually when I listen to books I craft, or clean, or play a video game, but with this book I was completely absorbed into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    You must read this book! It is so well written, and so enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6808)
    Performance
    (3175)
    Story
    (3181)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "May be my new favorite series!"
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    What did you love best about The Passage?

    The story, the characters, how it just pulled you into it so you felt a part of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love long stories, that feel like they take a life time to finish and once they are you miss them terribly, and that is how these 2 books made me feel. I felt myself cheering for so many of these people, wanting them to be safe and happy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly my favorite scene is actually in the second book, "The Twelve", and I don't want to give it away and ruin it for anyone that hasn't read them yet :c)


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

    I pretty much did! One weekend I cleaned, cooked, and did everything while listening to this book. Then the next week I listened to it again, because I just loved it so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know what these books were about when I downloaded them, I went in blind just seeing them on the years best list. And then when I got to the 'vampire' part I was so disappointed and thought to myself 'oh no, not this of all things', but was so happy when it became so much more than that. My all time favorite book has always been The Stand, but now The Passage, and The Twelve have taken it's place. I will read these many, many times more, and CAN'T wait for the 3rd installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15376)
    Performance
    (13627)
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    (13659)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Just an 'ok' read for me"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No, I had a hard time getting into this story, and caring about these characters, and I hated the ending.


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

    No, I found it pretty predictable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3596)
    Performance
    (2887)
    Story
    (2913)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Great Listen"
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    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Disturbing, sad characters!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked each of the characters, and wanted to learn more even after the last page.


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

    Personally I don't enjoy different narrators in one book, it's distracting and disrupts the flow for me, but that is just personal preference.


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

    I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than 'Gone Girl'. "Dark Places" isn't the best book I have ever read, but it's far from the worst. After the last page, I actually missed the characters, and wanted to hear more of their story from the end point on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (678)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "just "OK""
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bone Bed the most enjoyable?

    I love the Scarpetta books, but this one was a bit disappointing and slow. I still gave it a pretty high rating as I'm so picky that even a not so great Patricia Cornwell novel is a lot better than so many other authors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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