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Gaynell

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  • Sleep No More: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan knows what it’s like to be haunted by the past. For years after her daughter, Bonnie, was stolen from her, she fought for closure. When her mother, Sandra, asks Eve to find a missing friend named Beth Avery, she wants to help but is sure that Sandra is hiding something. The fact that she adamantly refuses to go to the police reinforces Eve’s suspicions that something is very wrong. Eve learns that Beth has been locked away in a mental hospital for years....

    Compute says: "Outstanding"
    "Family Findings"
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    Once again Eve and Joe enter a search.This takes them to California to find a sister she never knew she had. Dreams, awakening from a 20 year nightmare and entering into a crazy, unbelievable time where the life and death of her sister becomes a battle zone.
    With Joe's help Eve is able to find and save her sister Beth.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (559)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Always a mystery to solve"
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    This was great, if you are a reader of previous books you will have flash back moments. Once again Pendergast goes out on his own to following the clues into the blue the thread of the sons is once again introduced and maybe a romance is in the air again?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1178)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Not your average Fairy Tale"
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    Excellent listen, constantly pointed to new person of interest. And lots of bitter endings.
    It has it all love, hate, destruction, nervous anticipation and death. Well written few things could have been left out but not much! (Was written in German and translated to English )

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5725)
    Performance
    (4912)
    Story
    (4920)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Great short hear."
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    It is Sir Arthur and it is Alan Cummings, two greats, one wonderful listen Perfect for a short drive or waiting room listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1791)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "One surprise after another."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Two Graves to be better than the print version?

    Did not read written.


    What other book might you compare Two Graves to and why?

    If you are a reader of the two writers this story continues the search for Helen's killers.Once again they have Pendergast fighting for his life.
    I believe that there were things that were unnecessary for the book and the story would be just as great with these details left out. These things did not add to the characters actions.


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

    Great as always. I look for him when I am searching for new books to listen to


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

    There were two times that the story was sad, I do not usually cry. There are times that you worry if he is going to get out of the situation, but then you think. The other story line with Constance is also a continuation from the previous book unbelievable!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read every book and and found this to be just as trilling and waiting to see what will happen as the story lines weave in and out.

    0 of 1 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
    (20933)
    Performance
    (18772)
    Story
    (18839)

    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!"
    "Gone but Not Forgotten"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    the way the story was woven together, the things that you don't expect


    What did you like best about this story?

    The constant mystery


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I remember


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

    Gottcha


    Any additional comments?

    The letters are wonderful and so deceptive. You are not sure who did it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Benjamin Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (209)

    In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.

    Paige says: "A good, solid listen"
    "Returning Home"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bone by Bone to be better than the print version?

    Do not know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bone by Bone?

    balcony scene


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

    Changing of voices as each character speaks


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

    All Return Home


    Any additional comments?

    This story changes quickly and all are suspects in the mystery. Returning home can certainly change your life as different characters find out. Good mystery

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (929)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

    Rene says: "Too much dialog, too little story"
    "Kay does it again."
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    What made the experience of listening to Red Mist the most enjoyable?

    The reader, and the dialogue


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not one but all, I liked Mandy, the addition to the story this time, because of how she dealt with the whole thing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Going into the Jordan bedroom through the pictures taken with the 1st investigation.Kay had an opportunity to see everything and be open about the murder,
    She had that moment when she realized all that blood but one small drop made the difference



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

    Red Mist leads to Bloodlines


    Any additional comments?

    As always Patricia Cornwell shines with Kay. There was a lot going on in this book that could of be muddled but she held it all together with one bloodline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4395)
    Performance
    (3195)
    Story
    (3196)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Challenges of the Unknown"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of State of Wonder to be better than the print version?

    Did not read, but I would say that Ann Patchett writes with words that paint a picture. I listened and was with the characters in every setting, I would have read and gone to the same place.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Had two 1. was the opening to the Martin's and the women gathering together, her 1st experience description 2. was the trip down the river and the snake.


    If you could rename State of Wonder, what would you call it?

    Birthing Rights


    Any additional comments?

    I loved everything about the Book, the reader was great. I especially enjoyed the idea that we are all capable of doing the one thing we never thought we could and that it makes us stronger for the next challenge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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