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J

Stillwater, OK, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 12 reviews
  • 80 ratings
  • 445 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Along Came a Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Charles Turner
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (727)

    Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

    Robert Randell says: "Extremely disappointing"
    "Beware the narrator"
    Overall

    Story is good; narration is awful. This narrator couldn't provide any distinctions between characters, even though he tried. Voice is denasal throughout and not simply because of a cold or transient infection, would be my guess. My best suggestion is to buy the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18058)
    Performance
    (16343)
    Story
    (16471)

    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."
    "You won't hunger for more of this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    So many reviewers claimed that this book was better than the HG trilogy, or was different and that comparisons couldn't be made. I disagree. With Divergent the story line is not as diverse, complex, or entertaining and I felt cheated that characters weren't as well developed. Some segments just droned on and on. Hunger Games is heads above this book, so I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking to fill your hunger for a similar tome with this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4276)
    Performance
    (2582)
    Story
    (2621)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    I tried, I really really tried to get through this book. But it is astonishingly BORING. I am so sorry that I wasted a credit on it. As others have said, the narrator has an unusual way of dropping the last word in a sentence, to an inaudible mutter. A reader/listener shouldn't have to strain to understand what's being said let alone figure out what what is being said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2346)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1095)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "King's home run"
    Overall

    Loved the multiple stories, each different than the other, very well crafted. I can honestly say that there was not a slow passage, dull moment, etc. and I couldn't wait to get into my car and listen as the stories progressed. Are the themes dark? Yes. However, they are so beautifully crafted that your appreciation of his ability to write such dramatic stories overcomes any hesitation you might have to listen to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (490)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Twist and turns"
    Overall

    I love being kept on the edge of my seat while listening to a good book, and this really fits the bill. Great narration, story line that keeps you wanting more. Way to write!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Face-Changers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Jane Whitefield, legendary half-Indian shadow guide who spirits hunted people away from certain death, has never had a client like Dr. Richard Dahlman. A famous plastic surgeon who has dedicated his life to healing, the good doctor hasn't a clue why stalkers are out for his blood. But he knows Jane Whitefield's name---and that she is his only hope.

    verge says: "Thrilling"
    "ICK"
    Overall

    This story is hindered to a large extent by the narrator. Her idea of changing voices to identify different characters is almost laughable. No, Joyce, a lower pitch does not make for an intriging identity to match the character. I will never listen to her again. Story wise, it's ok, but from the other two reviews, I wonder what they've been reading to rate this so high. I urge caution, dear Audible readers.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Speed of Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

    Andrew says: "Totally Recommended!"
    "Too padded"
    Overall

    Premise of the story is good but this book is so padded with redundant and mostly worthless dialogue that I struggled to get through it. This could easily have been written with half the content. Basically just borish and little imagination around facts about autism.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Time They Met

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    At a literary festival in Toronto, Linda Fallon encounters the man who was once at the center of her life: Thomas Janes, the famous poet. Since last seeing him, she has married, given birth, and been widowed. Thomas' appearance rocks Linda, raises questions she had long abandoned, and inspires new dreams.

    Joe says: "Very Interesting"
    "SKIP THIS"
    Overall

    THE most boring book I've ever tried to listen to...don't bother with it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1091)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Read this one"
    Overall

    Enjoyed this book. It had been a while since reading the first one, but easy to drop right on in with #2. Interesting story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cherry Cheesecake Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Hollywood has come to Lake Eden and The Cookie Jar is snack central for the movie crew. And when the demanding director turns up dead after someone switches the movie's prop gun with a real gun, there's a baker's dozen worth of suspects.

    J. E. JONES says: "Cherry Cheesecake Murder"
    "Run, don't walk away from this purchase"
    Overall

    The ONLY book in my 3 years with Audible that I couldn't tolerate to finish. Guess I was hoping for another Diane Mott Davidson, but not even in the same universe with her.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Tanya Bigelow was a solemn little girl when Dr. Alex Delaware successfully treated her obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Now, at 19, Patty Bigelow, Tanya's aunt and adoptive mother, has made a deathbed confession of murder and urged the young woman to seek Delaware's help.

    Joan says: "It's a Sad Day When..."
    "Too boring for words"
    Overall

    The unabridged version is the most drawn-out, super fluffed read I've ever downloaded. It takes Kellerman what seems like hours to get to a point, and then it's trivia. Don't waste your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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