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Bette

Gustine, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 34 reviews
  • 50 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (123)

    The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case.

    Jane says: "Wonderful writing,"
    "I love Dennis and this story does not let me down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not a story to listen to when distracted, otherwise, you'll be going back to hear what you've missed several times. It can get intense. Otherwise, a very entertaining story and I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

    Amy says: "Enriched"
    "I loved this story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is different than L. King's usual stories, I look forward to the next one about Rae. I loved this story of a woman trying to get herself back together after many tragic blows. Wonderful story that keeps you on your toes and guessing what will happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Will Tell: Kate Burkholder, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time - and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave. On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide - an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn.

    Carole says: "Boring narrator kills the story"
    "GREAT story with plenty of twists & turns!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've enjoyed all of Linda Castillo's stories. Just when I think she cannot top her last book, another is released that's even better. This one is her best, held me captive from the beginning to the end. No dull parts in this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elsewhere

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Elsewhere is where 15-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn 16, not 14 again. She wants to get her driver's license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she's dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn't want.

    Arleen says: "An interesting concept"
    "Great for a Pre-teen that you know...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I purchased this book because I'd enjoyed "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry". I suffered through "Elsewhere" because it's too juvenile for me. Nice storyline. The kid reading it does a good job (if she's a kid) but without a doubt, this is not for anyone over 30. *Yawn*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dismissed with Prejudice: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    J. P. Beaumont investigates the death of a Japanese-American businessman, which appears to be a Samurai suicide.

    A User says: "Great "Read""
    "Took time to 'get into' story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    All of the J.P. Beaumont stories are enjoyable, but this one didn't grab me from the start, like the others did. I didn't want to miss it in the series, so 'hung in there'. I'm glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.

    Jean says: "Until proven guilty"
    "Grabs your interest from the first chapter!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've been slow to discover and listen to this author. Now, I must catch up! I loved this book because it held my interest from start to the end. I was concerned that it wasn't very long (8+ hours), but it was perfect. And, I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dolores Claiborne

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frances Sternahagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (279)

    Dolores Claiborne's elderly employer dies suddenly, apparently from falling down a flight of stairs. This tragedy sparks memories of the day Dolores' husband died...the day of the total eclipse. Suspected by police and townspeople alike, she delivers a story of a disintegrating marriage, and the breaking point reached by a docile woman.

    Sandra M Irwin says: "A Great Listen!"
    "Enjoyed this book years ago & still do today!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    A great story with the perfect narrator. Characters were strong and entertaining from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Carla Norton
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    In many ways, Reeve LeClaire looks like a typical 22 year old girl. But Reeve is anything but normal. 10 years ago, she was kidnapped and held captive. After a lucky escape, she's spent the last six years trying to rebuild her life, a recovery thanks in large part to her indispensable therapist Dr. Ezra Lerner. But when he asks her to help another girl rescued from a similar situation, Reeve realizes she may not simply need to mentor this young victim - she may be the only one who can protect her from a cunning predator who is still out there, watching every move.

    Lisa says: "Too long"
    "Story & Narrator GREAT"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rare is it when the story holds you (nearly breathless, at times) and the narrator is perfect for the drama. I look forward to the author's next book on 'Reeve'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2042)
    Performance
    (1901)
    Story
    (1921)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Loved the Movie & LOVED this book as much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book is different from the movie, but both great! Sometimes the oldies are the 'goodies' and better than SK's recent writings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6023)
    Performance
    (5587)
    Story
    (5605)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "A Huge Disappointment."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I guess I'm a minority to hate this book, but it was awful. I I've enjoyed many of Stephen Kings earlier works, so I recently bought 'The Shining' to read, since I'd only seen the movie. Both book and movie were great, but very different from one another. I bought 'The Shining' in preparation for King's "Sleep Doctor". "Sleep Doctor" was difficult to follow, none of the characters were likeable or scary-evil and the story rambled on until I wasn't sure if I was back at Part 1 or in Part 3. I want a refund.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8025)
    Performance
    (7235)
    Story
    (7231)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Hang in there...you'll finally like it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like most of Grisham books, they drag on and on. Most end without a real ending, but this one does. Why does this book get so many 5 star reviews?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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