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Pam K. Thomas

arkadelphia, arkansas United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Death in Cyprus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Twenty-year-old Amanda Derrington is on an extended cruise with her uncle when she decides to make a short trip to the sun-washed island of Cyprus. But even before the ship arrives in the port, there is a suspicious death. Once the passengers reach the island, it soon becomes clear that the death was in fact an act of murder. What Amanda had meant to be a pleasant excursion quickly takes a turn for the worse in this classic novel of suspense and romance by one of our most celebrated writers.

    Kathi says: "I Just Love The Oldies!"
    "The Best Yet!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. This was the best of the A Death In series so far. The story is a favorite and the reader was very good. I hope audible will produce the other two books. Death In The Andamans is the best of the lot with A Death In Kenya a close second.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved every character in this story. The old lady who wore the eccentric clothing might be my fave.


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

    No. She has a beautiful voice. I like hearing her read. It's too bad she didn't read all of them.


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

    There were a few parts that made me snicker a bit. It was just a fun read. M M Kaye has the ability to take you to all those exotic locales and make you feel as if you are there, and to a period in time that seems better than ours somehow. I will read anything she's written. These mysteries represent her wonderful writing without a huge investment of 700 pages or so.


    Any additional comments?

    No, nough said

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jaws

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Benchley
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (446)

    Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.

    Tracy says: ""JAWS""
    "I still don't go in the water!"
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    What did you love best about Jaws?

    The suspense never let up, but it wasn't just a suspense novel. It had great character development. This book is not dated. I enjoyed listening to it as much as I did reading it all those years ago. It's a much better book than it was a movie..


    What did you like best about this story?

    The moral dilemma.


    Which character – as performed by Erik Steele – was your favorite?

    Brody. He's the heart.


    If you could rename Jaws, what would you call it?

    Why would I rename it. Who writes these questions?


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise". Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.

    Peggy says: "Just a bit much for me"
    "Still like it after all these years!"
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    Where does Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorites of Dean Koontz's books, along with Watchers


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog of course


    What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

    He has a comforting voice. His reading style is a bit old fashion, that's why only four stars.


    Who was the most memorable character of Midnight and why?

    The veteran in the wheel chair. I felt his fear,being handicapped in the midst of all that evil.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before She Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mary Burton
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    In death, they are purified. Holding his victims under water, he washes away their sins as they struggle for their last breath. Then he stakes their bodies to the ground, exposing them for what they really are: witches. No one knows about defence attorney Charlotte Wellington's murdered sister, or about her childhood spent with the carnival that's just arrived in town. For Charlotte, what's past is past. But others don't agree. And as a madman's body count rises, she and Detective Daniel Rokov are drawn into a mission that's become terrifyingly personal.

    Mimmi says: "If you like Karen Rose, this book is for you!!"
    "Entertaining"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Before She Dies to be better than the print version?

    I believe it would be,because of the reader. I liked her rendition very much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Before She Dies?

    I suppose the final scene where Grace and Sooner are held hostage.


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

    Yes. I can't remember the title. The book was by the same author. She read that well too.


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

    It was in the beginning when Mariah was murdered. I could hardly listen it was so horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are wanting a suspenseful listen I can't recommend this author enough. The reader Ms. Parker is also excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Ruin a Queen

    • UNABRIDGED
    • By Fiona Buckley
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    As the thrilling adventures of Ursula Blanchard, secret agent for Queen Elizabeth I, continue, she finds herself in France, reunited with her husband, Matthew de la Roche, in a passionate but flawed relationship. But when Ursula learns that her daughter, Meg, has mysteriously disappeared, she immediately sets out on a frantic and dangerous search. The trail leads back to England, to Vetch Castle: a grim, haunted keep owned by the enigmatic Philip Mortimer.

    Linda Lou says: "Not as good as the first in this series"
    "I Want More Fiona!"
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    Where does To Ruin a Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is right up there at the top. I love everything about the series. The reader is fantastic. Each story is so much fun. I work in a University Library and these books are popular checkouts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Our Heroine manages to get her and her trusted servants in more trouble doing the Queens bidding. These are very well researched books. You get a real feel for what every day life was like in Elizabethan England,plus an exciting story.


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

    Nadia May is a real peformer.I love listening to her.


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

    Adventures of a spy in Elizabethan England


    Any additional comments?

    This is a big series,yet we have gotten only four books.I have been checking for a long time now and still only four.When will we get a fifth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3989)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3558)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Loved the dog! Loved the book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    Yes,because Mr. Andrews was a great reader.I'm pretty critical,so I don't say that very often.


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

    Yes, from the first chapter in Afganistan. This book is very suspenseful ,but the wonderful thing about it is the way the author portrays things from a dog's perspective.Sometimes this kind of thing is hokey or sentimental, but not here. Crais obviously understands dogs. I feel sure we will get a sequel to this one. I can't wait.


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

    He transitions smoothly between man and dog.Each one is distinct and believable. When I listen to an audio book I want to hear a performance. Mr. Andrews gave a performance.Kudos to you Mr. Andrews and to audible for picking a good reader.


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

    I almost did,but I had to go to work.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10561)
    Performance
    (9585)
    Story
    (9606)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Wild Ride!"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Strange,Suspenseful,Addictive


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story kept me guessing for a long time. I also really liked this cast of characters.The book was very like Dean Koontz.That is a compliment to the author,in my opinion.


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

    No. I loved this reader. He was a big part of my enjoyment of this book. He's a keeper. I will be looking for Mr.Porter.


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

    Not really. It was a book that builds suspense from the first page.There were lots of moments between characters that were moving.You must suspend belief through most of this book. That's the fun of it really,or you'll be constantly saying to yourself "why don't these people just move".


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Leon Uris
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon - the towering novel of the 20th century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies - the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. Here is Exodus - one of the great best-selling novels of all time.

    Meaghan says: "My favorite book of ALL Time"
    "Uris Masterpiece"
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    Where does Exodus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    That is hard to say. I listened to Exodus many years ago with a different reader. I liked that version better. This reader was good,though. I gave him four stars. The book is an all time favorite. I read it many years ago and fell in love with Israel and Leon Uris. I love all his books.I would love to see you do QBVII.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of the Holocaust and the building of the state of Israel.The characters and their trials stay with you for a long time.This is a very heartwrenching book. If you don't want a lump in your throat,don't bother with this one.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    This was a smooth performance. The only critique I could think of,was a slight lack of passion.That might be my taste. When I read Uris I always feel over the top emotionally.It was a wee bit dry to me.


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

    Yes! I could hardly stop even though I had read the book and listened to it before.Leon Uris is a very exciting writer.If you haven't read him before,Exodus is the one to start with.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Andamans

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Death in the Andamans is a masterpiece of mystery and romance from one of our most beloved authors. When a violent storm lashes the tiny Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, Copper Randal barely manages a safe return to Government House. She does get back in one piece with her hostess, Valerie Masson, Val's fiancé, and handsome naval officer Nick Tarrent, but one of the islanders is unaccounted for when the boats return to harbor.

    Yvette says: "Great book and good reader"
    "Good Book. Less than stellar reader"
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    Would you try another book from M. M. Kaye and/or Soneela Nankani?

    Yes for M M Kaye,and No for Soneela Nankani


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

    It would have if I could of gotten past the reader. This book was not new to me. I have been a fan of M M Kaye's books for a long time and have read this on more than one occasion.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Soneela Nankani?

    Davina Porter or
    Kate Reading( good readers must not only have the voice but the acting chops.Oh my goodnes what a Davina Porter would have done with these books.)


    Do you think Death in the Andamans needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, since M M Kaye died in 2002 I don't think that is going to happen,besides sequels are usually not very good. This book had a good ending and was complete.
    If you had asked that of The Far Pavillians I would say it could have gone on forever. I would be very happy.I love M M Kaye and wished this book had gotten a better treatment.She deserves a well known and experienced reader.


    Any additional comments?

    The person or team choosing these readers is not very good.I hate to say this. I bought these immediately as they came out with such excitement. I didn't want to be negative.I love audible. Most of the books I have bought have been very good. The readers of Death in Berlin and Death in Cyprus were pretty good, especially Death in Cyprus.I will be watching out for the other two and be sure not to buy any thing they read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (269)

    Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.

    karen says: "Nothing like a classic....."
    "Early Ira Levin still stands the test of time!"
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    Would you listen to A Kiss Before Dying again? Why?

    Probably not. I generally like to move on to something else.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book was written in the 1950's and is still so relevant today.the main character is a true sociopath. He could step into any current novel. At the time this was written it must have been a very shocking story, somewhat like the great Patricia Highsmith.


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

    He's very good!


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

    No, it didn't make me laugh or cry but it was very suspenseful.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. I'm an Ira Levin fan,but had never read this book. I believe he was only in his twenty's when he wrote this. I would love it if you would produce The Stepford Wives,one of Ira's best.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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