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Rocky Point, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 9 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"

    I can't finish this one. 50% useless fluff to the point of being insulting. I felt like the author didn't think his reader/listeners could retain anything said in the previous paragraphs. Very repetitive on descriptive information. 25% somewhat interesting facts and a slim 25% on action. Almost like a repeat of National Treasure but not nearly as good. When I find myself fast forwarding through a book I know it's time to turn it off.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    Sara says: "A Surprising Treat!"
    "Rare Find!"
    What made the experience of listening to Major Pettigrew's Last Stand the most enjoyable?

    The characters and the narrator!

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

    No and only because the stories don't appeal to me but I will be sure to keep watching for performances to come.

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

    I didn't have an extreme reaction but it did make me laugh and smile with a feeling of warmth and understanding of all of the characters.

    Any additional comments?

    While it may seem a simple story it's actually just a joy to listen to and shouldn't be casually passed over. It really was a perfect listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Ok but not even close to Outlander"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Not really.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    She could have come up with a more realistic way for her time travel theme to have taken place.

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    No. I was bored and found it so unbelievable I couldn't finish. I read the whole Outlander series twice and listened to it three times, this doesn't even compare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    Emily says: "read now to understand the past"
    "Hard to listen but couldn't put it down"

    This book tore my heart apart. Excellent writing, excellent narrator (hope to see many more from Robin Miles). This is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, Dark Fire revisits acclaimed master of historical fiction C. J. Sansom's colorful and rapier-witted lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. Set in 1540, this beguiling tale of murder and mayhem is set against a rich backdrop of medieval London. Here, hunchbacked Matthew Shardlake is called upon to investigate the peculiar case of a young woman accused of murder.

    Julie says: "Great Historical Mystery"
    "Too long due to too many filler words"

    I really tried to listen and it had so many possibilities but if the writer had left out 1/2 of the filler words it would have been a hit. I know the wording needs to be of the time period but it was like the writer was trying to find how many ways to say the slang words God's teeth, God's death, God's eyes, blah, blah, blah. Just too much. It's like a book that had too much profanity. I finally had to put it away and maybe (that's a big maybe) I'll finish it when there is just nothing left to listen to on a rainy day. Too bad, I would have loved to listen to the whole series but won't risk buying another one.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "I agree, 6 STARS"

    I've loved them all, Will Patton is a terrific narrator and should actually play the part of Dave if they ever make another movie, can't wait for the next one Mr. Burke, get busy...

    2 of 2 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

    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..."
    "So many possibilities but..."

    I had great hopes for this book but the first thing that turned me off was more vampire plots, I just can't get into it now nor in my childhood days. I can't see what the American obsession is with all these story lines. I loved The Stand, this is not even close. I listened to it all but would not buy a follow up book. Over all I only gave it a 2 because I liked the beginning. Wish it had been better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Boring, Boring, Boring"

    This book just outright stunk. There was maybe 1/8 of the book worth listening too. I finally turned it off in the last hour of what felt like Bible study. So much potential totally lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Return to James Lee Burke's "timeless, parallel universe" with detective Dave Robicheaux, as he investigates the murders of two women, tries to prove one man's innocence, and faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

    JD. says: "Sorry I was wrong"
    "My favorite so far"

    I have listened to all of James Lee Burke's books on audio in sequence and this is my favorite so far. Burke has such a wonderful way of making you feel like you are truly "there" each step of the way. As far as the narrator Mark Hammer, I love him! The first book was with Will Patton and I love him too but I've not had a problem with Mark's reading. On to the next book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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