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  • Dead Right

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Karen Stein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    Twenty years ago Madeline Barker's father disappeared. Despite what everyone else thinks, Madeline's convinced her stepfamily had nothing to do with it. But the recent discovery of his car finally proves he didn't just drive away. Worse, the police find something in the trunk that says there's more to this case than murder.

    Sandra L. Personette says: "Escalating suspense!"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    Brenda Novak does not disappoint with this third book in the series. It has enough of the previous character appeal and enough freshness to hold my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered—and others from being threatened with the same fate.

    BSquared67 says: "Ceepak and Boyle are worth waiting for"
    "John Ceepak Mystery is Summer Fun"
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    Nothing Better than a John Ceepak Mystery to capture Summertime Fun. Chris Grabenstien gives reality TV (nod to Jersey Shore) its due with this tale of a raunchy reality TV show in the summer tourist destination of Sea Haven. The mash-up of John Ceepak, ex-marine stand-up guy, and Danny Boyle, local grown, never-thought-he-would-amount-to-much, just works for me. It is a fun ride and now that we are on Book 7, a nostalgic ride that I look forward to as a summer destination. Keep them coming Chris!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9985)
    Performance
    (9045)
    Story
    (9117)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "The Story Satifyingly Matures in Divergent Book 2"
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    Story

    I often wait until the series is finished before I begin a trilogy. I hate having to wait for the next book. This series gets more intersting as it develops in this, the second book. The storyline matures and the dystopian theme expands beyond teenagers into a battle within different factions of a society and the interdependence among them. The stage is well set for an exploration of the meaning and construction of society in the next book. The narration was excellent. The teeage tone brought more out of the story than I would have embellished in my own imagination. I wish I didn't have to wait...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15569)
    Performance
    (14088)
    Story
    (14181)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Another Teenage dystopia..."
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    Another teenage dystopia saga...and I still liked it. Hunger Games had more intensity, but Divergent has enough to hold my interest. Beatrice decides she is not good selfless enough to remain a member of the faction that values selflessness so she chooses to leave her family and join the faction of society which values bravery above all else. The story is clearly building and I like the underlying premise of genetic influencing value systems vs. cultural development of values. It is a different approach to the nature vs. nurture discussion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9389)
    Performance
    (8607)
    Story
    (8657)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Powerful Story & Outstanding Narration"
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    This book and its telling si a gift beyond entertainment. John Green's insight into human mortality is powerful and meaningful. Teenagers forced to face mortality by the challenge of cancer when their understanding of self and life are yet undiscovered is bold, painful, and genuine. It was a story that chose John Green for the telling. It was an eleven year struggle to deliver this book. I am thanful for John Green's apprciation of the augmentation of the story that could happen through a spot-on narration and for Kate Rudd who delivered it wonderfully. John Green gets the power of the "numbers" in the story of cancer. Agustus has a diagnosis of bone cancer with an 80% chance of survival. The non-cancer patient will wonder why you shoud be worried with numbers like that. But Agustus chooses a burial plot and a "death suit." I recall the the doctors revelation of my childs prognosis with a diagnosis of melanoma at age 19. 85% chance that the cancer could be surgically removed and 100% cure. If the melanoma had spread (15% chance), then the chance of survival was 5%. Cancer robs teenagers of their immortality. I adore the characterand spirit of Hazel Grace. I rarely read a novel more once. I will reread this book as I know there willl be more to aborb on a second go round.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (479)

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "How the zombie apocolypse saved my marriage?"
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    This is a fun and funny for a zombie story...I enjoyed the Seattle setting, but now I see zombies all around Seattle.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (280)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "The Dangers of Drunk Internet Shopping"
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    Would you recommend Stay to your friends? Why or why not?

    Allie Larkin explores the the ways we screw up our relationships through miscommunication and misinterpretations. She explores ties of culture, family and friendship as Savannah "Van" Leone comes into her own as an adult.

    As a consequence a pitcher sized Kool Aid and vodka cocktail, Van buys a Serbian trained 5 mos old German Shepherd puppy on the internet. Joey becomes Van's non-judgmental companion and family. Van has to learn what it means to be a dog owner/parent. She even cooks for her pup. The result is a vitamin B (thiamine) deficiency from an inadequate diet. Luckily it is treatable and the event brings Van back into contact with Joey's vet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2144)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1890)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Never enough Odd Thomas"
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    What made the experience of listening to Odd Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

    I don't fully understand the attraction of a fry cook and his special ability to see the lingering dead. Odd just gives you hope that even though the mysteries of the universe are unfathomable, things will work out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Apocalypse?

    any mentions would be a spoiler


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    It wouldn't be Odd Thomas without his voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (383)

    He would go to Hell.... At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

    Deborah says: "Half-Harted"
    "Characters worth discovering"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No one explores the intentions and deeper motivations than John Hart. I grew up in a disrupted family short of the level of violence in this tale. I connected with the power of family as a motivator for life long actions for each character.


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

    The plot was cliche but still plausible. There were deeper layers to discover if you allowed yourself to find them. John Hart doesn't state the obvious and I appreciated discovering my own understnading of the charcaters.


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    Decent accents


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

    The last 90 minutes were filled with emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    some have objected to the level of violence and it was off putting. It was necessary for the plot to come full circle and to the karmic conclusion.

    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
    (15689)
    Performance
    (13915)
    Story
    (13950)

    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!"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I loved the subtleties of the individuals perceptions of the same events and how varied they can seem...until you really stop to examine things from the perspective of the other in the relationship. Motivations are the start, but personality and character are more important than values. Gillian Flynn accomplishes this extraordinarily well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    Spoiler alert: Sharing the discovering the contents of the wood shed with Go and how Gillian Flynn conveyed the layers of human reactions as poignantly as the discovery itself.


    Which character ??? as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ??? was your favorite?

    A marriage is made up of two and each were equally well performed.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Michael Welch
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (68)

    You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor, which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

    Book reader says: "Adequate, but something's missing"
    "Good Summer Read"
    Overall

    Not mind boggling, but a fun summer read...or just right for a long drive in heavy traffic. You just need books like this sometimes. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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