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Bette

Gustine, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 40 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 633 titles in library
  • 61 purchased in 2014
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  • Her Last Breath: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme fatale, is the central figure in Linda Castillo's Her Last Breath, a story that reveals a dark side of Painter's Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world. A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere. What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.

    karen says: "Absolutely LOVE this series!"
    "Loved it, but..."
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    I have followed the series, so understood the ending, as well as other parts of the book that would appear 'issues' that aren't clearly explained. I recommend reading previous books before this one, so the ending doesn't appear so abrupt and fractured. I LOVED this story and look forward to another saga....There will be one, right?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watch Them Die

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kevin O'Brien
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    Different Victims: The blonde film student. The brunette paralegal. The red-headed artist. Different Methods: The first victim is strangled. The second is stabbed repeatedly. And the third is pushed out of an open window. Same Madman: In the city of Seattle, no single woman is safe. From afar he watches the ones he so desperately wants. Willing to do whatever it takes to prove his love. But should his latest obsession betray him, he will have no choice but to punish her.

    Bette says: "A Great Mistery from Start to End"
    "A Great Mistery from Start to End"
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    I was reluctant to buy this audio because of a few poor reviews, but I'm very glad to have listened to it. It was very captivating and did something I rarely do....I listened for a second time immediately afterwards! I may listen to a book again months later, but Not this time. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss any details. Don't expect a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remember Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Menley Nichols as never stopped blaming herself for the accidental death of her two-year old son, a tragedy that strained her marriage and her sanity. When she and her husband Adam, a high-profile attorney, are blessed with a beautiful new baby daughter, they dedicate themselves to rebuilding their lives together - unaware that someone in their midst has a very different agenda for them.

    Bette says: "You won't want to stop reading..."
    "You won't want to stop reading..."
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    I picked this book because I enjoy the reader, but have discovered how talented MHC is. This book is very entertaining and the twists and turns will hold your interest until the surprise ending. This audio is 5 Stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2642)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Entertaining, interesting and a captivating story"
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    Other than being an extremely long story, it doesn't have dull parts or ramble. The characters are well-developed and as a historical fiction, very interesting. This would be a great book for a long trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walk Me Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Cristina Panfilio
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    If 16-year-old Carly and 11-year-old Jen can find Teddy, Carly knows he’ll save them from foster care...if he can forgive them for their mother’s vicious lies about him. But when the starving girls get caught stealing food on a Native American reservation, their journey gets put on hold. And after Jen makes a heartbreaking confession, Carly wonders if they’ll ever escape the pain of the past. Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire listeners and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.

    Krys says: "Outstanding Performance for an Outstanding Story!"
    "I tried to like this story, but..."
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    Okay, maybe I listen to too many murder/thriller stories, but I found the ending weak and drifting and went back to listen to the ending twice more just to make sure I didn't miss something. The storyline held my interest, but many parts were unbelievable and vague.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take Me With You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

    Sara says: "What a Great Book!"
    "Solidly a good story...no murder, sex or mistery"
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    This is a happy, somewhat unbelievable, story to share on a trip without worrying about offending passengers riding with you. Characters are interesting, story holds your interest and from start to finish holds together. I usually pick murder, crime, etc., but this was a nice break.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (978)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "More than you EVER want to know about wolves"
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    In typical Jodi P style, story pulls together well and characters are equally interesting. I have always been a JP fan, but this storyline was not for me. It was very enjoyable from beginning to end, but you must have some patience in the middle portion, it can be a bit too much wolf info. Having lived on a cattle ranch, you can guess why.

    0 of 0 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
    (217)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    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."
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    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
    (90)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    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!"
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    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
    (123)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    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...."
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    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
    (101)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    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"
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    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

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