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K. Hatman

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Arkansas, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • Prince Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Ashley Adlon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (338)

    Media consultant Veronica St. John has been hired to teach a rugged Navy SEAL to impersonate a European prince who's been targeted by terrorists. But one conversation and Veronica knows there's no way she can turn streetwise New Yorker Joe Catalanotto into nobility. Joe, on the other hand, is confident he's got what it takes. Two days isn't a lot of time to get the job done...but it's enough time to fall in love.

    R. D. MOORE says: "Earlier Work - Still Worth the "Read""
    "Pre-Fab Writing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had written a new, fresh novel that didn't bore me to tears. It was as if there was some preset guidelines that instructed "Insert royal jerk here" and "Place handsome brooding he-man there" or "This is where the emotional unattainable beautiful woman suddenly realizes that perhaps she could fall in love, but of course it will be with the last guy she thought possible." Sort of a mad libs feel.


    Has Prince Joe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll admit. I'm not a romance fan. I find them insipid and silly. I THOUGHT this book was going to be more of an action/adventure flavored by an unexpected romance, but boy was I wrong! The supposed action was only there to bring two unlikely characters together who could then have lots of "Oh why doesn't he LISTEN to me!" and "I'll show her how awesome Navy Seals are" moments.


    What three words best describe Ashley Adlon’s performance?

    It was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation.


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  • Close Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (429)

    A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

    Yvonne says: "Loved it!"
    "Was I supposed to take this seriously?"
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    Would you try another book from Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen and/or Elisabeth Rodgers?

    I might try reading a book by these authors as opposed to listening to it. It was hard to determine if the pervasive bad attitude of every. single. character. in. this book. was because of the writing itself or the way the narrator read.


    What could Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    1. Quit using so many cliches.
    2. Stop referring to people as a "wild card" (see number 1).
    3. Don't refer to the main female character (and other female characters) consistently by both their first and last names while all male characters are always called by last name only.
    4. Write plot lines that are at least semi-believable.

    I could go on...


    What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

    Every single character line was read with as much spit and vinegar as Ms. Rodgers could muster. Every single line. Every single character. Every single moment. EVERYONE was pissed off. All the time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Close Your Eyes?

    Here's a scene (I believe) was actually deleted from this book. Read each line aloud in manner of premenstrual woman who has just discovered someone ate her last chocolate.

    Kendra Michaels stood in the line of the grocery store while the clerk rang up her purchases.

    "Paper or plastic?" the bag boy, Smith, snarled at her.

    Kendra Michaels regarded him cooly, then replied, "Your obvious interest in the forestry industry compels me to choose paper."

    Smith startled, then sneered, "How did you know that? I'm a mysterious wild card. No one can ascertain my true nature."

    Kendra Michaels shot back, "I see by the crimson fuzz on your coat that you wore a plaid flannel shirt yesterday. The callus on your thumb could mean either that you play too many video games or you spend a great deal of time handling a chainsaw. I also detected the slightest whiff of pine needles on you. This would not be detectable to the common nose, but I was able to sniff it out immediately. All these things could mean you freelance as a Christmas tree salesman, but the more logical explanation is that you are a lumberjack in your free time; therefore, your interests would lead you to desire your customers to choose paper over plastic."

    "You are freaky weird, Kendra Michaels. I find it both disturbing and titillating that you were able to see through my wild card exterior to the true me."

    Smith pondered the situation and realized he wanted to feel the silky smoothness of Kendra Michael's hair beneath his callused thumbs. He was sexually attracted to her, but now was not the time nor the place for his skilled overtures.

    Kendra Michaels, meanwhile, thought of how she and Smith had come to know each other better in the last ten minutes than most people did in a lifetime.

    "Close your eyes, Smith," she murmured...


    Any additional comments?

    Well, you get my drift. The only way I got through this book was to regard it as satire, BUT I did finish the story because I wanted to find out who the bad guy was. Even though it all turned out so ridiculous, I did see it through to the end; hence, the two stars for story.

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  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (528)

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "I enjoyed the heck out of it!"
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    Would you listen to Married with Zombies again? Why?

    I really liked the premise of this book. I love that the main characters are a struggling couple who don't have it all together. It made me laugh when they discover their marriage therapist eating the couple who keeps the weekly appointment before them, and who, incidentally, they can't stand. Despite the zombie mayhem, this book made me often laugh out loud. I can't wait to get the next in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor coupled with zombie destruction.


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

    She did a great job reading the story and really brings the characters to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Already Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (278)

    From the Battery to the Bronx, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe Pitt is one of them, and he's not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that's eating at him isn't his idea of a good time.

    Flavius says: "A Pleasant Surprise"
    "Couldn't even finish it..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is my favorite genre, but this story just wasn't worth listening to. Not only did the story drag and seem to follow pre-fab predictable story lines, but I also did not like the graphic depiction of homosexual sex. Those things, combined with the over-the-top reading, made me finally turn the book off. I just don't even care what happens next.


    What could Charlie Huston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe if I had read this book myself instead of listening to it, I would have enjoyed it more.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    At this point, no. The reading of this story was the thing that drove me the most crazy. Have you ever watched The Chronicles of Riddick with Vin Diesel? It's like Scott Brick is consciously copying Vin Diesel's manner of speaking in that movie. It's all drawled out and presented in an "I'm too cool for my vampire teeth" kind of way. Oh wait. Except apparently these vampires don't have vampire teeth. They draw blood the old-fashioned way- with a needle.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Uhm..... Nothing that jumps out at me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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