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Christine

Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 126 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • If She Only Knew

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Marla Cahill survives a horrific car accident, but comes out of it with near total amnesia - unable to recognize her own face. Now, confined to the Cahill mansion among strangers who claim to be her family, she begins fearing for her life. Someone was counting on Marla's death in the accident - and they may finish the job the moment her memory returns.

    Carolann says: "If She Only Knew.. pick another narrator"
    "Couldn't put it down!"
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    This was a great mystery that kept me guessing. I thought that I had it figured out several times but I was wrong. I loved the narrator. He was perfect for this book! I'll be looking for more Lisa Jackson. I hope that the same narrator will be used.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (906)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Exceeded my expectations!"
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    I was expecting a book about an art forger but the storyline was different from your typical thief book! It exceeded my expectations. It operated from a completely different but delightful angle. It was a little slow at first but then I could not put it down until I finished it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Leads: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By LynDee Walker
    • Narrated By Reay Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When an Armani-clad corpse turns up in the woods, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke smells a scoop. A little digging, and Nichelle uncovers a web of corruption that stretches all the way to Washington, D.C. Politics. Murder. And a dead lobbyist. It's everything Nichelle's ever dreamed of. The cops are playing it close, the feds even closer, and Nichelle's afraid her boss will assign the story to the political desk any day. Richmond's new ATF Super Cop makes an arrest before she can say "Louboutin," but Nichelle's gut says he's got the wrong guy.

    Ima Shoppher says: "Totally addicted!"
    "Disappointing story, superb narration"
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    The narration was wonderful! It was the only reason that I continued to read. The story was insignificant and vague. This was not a book that I would read over a weekend because I couldn't put it down. I just wanted the boredom to end. I don't think that the reasons for the initial murder was developed and had robe explained at the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (2073)
    Story
    (2084)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Slow and annoying"
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    I think that the worse thing was imply that this book was similar to "Gone Girl". This was such a slow moving book but with such great narration. I feel that I lost 9 hours of my life and would never recommend this to my book club. The epilogue should not have to explain the book. There should have been more information all along to make us wonder. Sure there was this remark that gave a hint but that was not enough. To me, a former good mystery will have enough clues for me to solve it or at least be suspicious. This book did not. If I had not read a "spoiler ", I would have stopped reading this book. I was so sick of the cabin life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spying in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (355)

    L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300-pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?

    Annette says: "Very fun listen"
    "Copycat book"
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    This was so much like the Evanovich books but no grandmother to enhance it! Ramirez even wore a black shirt like the other series ! The narrator was GREAT! She sounded exactly the way I thought that Maddie would sound. She made the story! I wanted to know the ending but I was disappointed that it was so similar to the other series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound of Things Falling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Juan Gabriel Vasquez
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    In the city of Bogot, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medelln cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past.

    Melinda says: "'The Damaging Exercise of Remembering'"
    "Disappointed!"
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    Sorry but I expected more details about the birth of drug trafficking. I hate to complain but this book was so much worse for me because of the narration. First of all, it was taped at a volume lower than my next book. Worse was the laid back voice of the narrator. He had a nice deep voice but inappropriate for this text. My mind would wonder off because the reading showed no enthusiasm, just monotone. I expected a Spanish accented voice. I found that I had to change the speaking speed to 1.5 on my iPhone to listen and stay awake. Sorry but I did not enjoy this and could not wait to get finished to have it behind me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (75)

    The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

    Kelly says: "Very good instruction, good value"
    "Amazing! This is the only way to learn Spanish!"
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    What did you love best about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30?

    I cannot believe how simply this course is broken down. This course is so clear and concise that I am speaking and understanding already before completing the course. The course does not let you forget words that you have already learned.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think that the unique thing about this course is that the narrator questions you. This questioning forces you to think and respond because you want to do well. I usually cannot respond in the time allotted so I stop the tape. Also my goal is to respond faster.


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

    First, I love the narrator's voice. Second, I like how he phrases his questions to you. I like the reminders.


    Any additional comments?

    I live in Miami and want to learn Spanish so badly. I have a southern accent which does not help because I drag my words out. I am ashamed to say how long I have owned and used Rosetta Stone and how many Spanish classes that I have quit, including one last month. In other words, I have gotten no where with Spanish until now. I was in class with a guy who swore by the Pimsleur Method and I saw his progress and the lack of mine. My main comment is: Thanks, Paul Pimsleur. I did not believe that learning Spanish was a possibility for me. I also want to add that I am 64 years old - "old dog - new tricks!"

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Las Puertas Retorcidas [The Twisted Doors]: The Scariest Way in the World to Learn Spanish!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Kathie Dior
    • Narrated By Nalda Baez Smith, Rosa-Maria Boisset-Brindle
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Las Puertas Retorcidas (The Twisted Doors): The Scariest Way in the World to Learn Spanish! is an exciting audiobook that teaches Spanish by capturing and immersing students into a mystery adventure. Listen to the intriguing mystery as it is dramatically narrated by native Spanish-speaking university professors. And to enhance your Spanish-learning experience, be sure to get the companion bilingual Spanish/English book by the same name, which will allow you to read and follow the audiobook’s Spanish narration with a word-for-word English translation.

    Christine says: "Needs to be accompanied with a book!"
    "Needs to be accompanied with a book!"
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    What would have made Las Puertas Retorcidas [The Twisted Doors] better?

    It would have been better if it had been accompanied with a book, PDF, notes or something. I am new at learning Spanish and I could not understand what was going on. I noticed that the chapters were extremely short. I cannot imagine something interesting going that fast.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathie Dior again?

    Maybe after I have more experience in Spanish.


    What aspect of Nalda Baez Smith and Rosa-Maria Boisset-Brindle ’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance seemed fine with my limited knowledge of Spanish.


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

    Extreme disappointment!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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