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Debbie Woodruff

Member Since 2006

  • 7 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015

  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "More than bad narration"

    Ugh, I don't know where to begin with how bad this book is. Yes, as others have said, the female narrator just sounds wrong for the characters. Also, the stupid music is intrusive and ridiculous, as are the other sound effects. I just want to hear the dang book read to me! But most of all, this was just a bad book. Baldacci is getting lazy, the story is over the top, so melodramatic this should be a soap opera. The characters are flat and stereotypical, the supposedly smart people act very stupid, we are reminded how rich certain characters are over and over. I did finish listening to this awful book, but only because I'm stubborn and hate wasting a credit. It was one of those books that I find myself yelling to "Oh, come on," and finally just wishing for it to be over.

    34 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • A Thin Dark Line

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Karen Peakes

    Terror stalks the streets of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana. A suspected murderer is free on a technicality, and the cop accused of planting evidence against him is ordered off the case. But Detective Nick Fourcade refuses to walk away. He’s stepped over the line before. This case threatens to push him over the edge. He’s not the only one. Deputy Annie Broussard found the woman’s mutilated body. She still hears the phantom echoes of dying screams. She wants justice.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Exciting Mystery"
    "Read this before"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book...the first time I read it in 1997. It doesn't seem right that older books that are released in audio format are not noted as such. While it has been a long time since I read this book, so I don't remember the details, if I had this information before I purchased I would not have done so.

    38 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Are they all teenagers?"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance is terrible! The reader has a pleasant voice, but she seems compelled to do all these strange accents and inflections. One or two characters have a Boston-type accents, so I know she can do them, but other have strange Southern-ish drawls or accents that make them sound like Valley Girls (and those are the men!).

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

    The story may have merits, but the dialog is so ridiculous that it overwhelms any redeeming qualities. The characters relate to each other on an immature, teenage level. They are supposed to be police officers, but they are continually either flirting or sexually harassing the others that they work with.

    Any additional comments?

    I tried to like this book. I kept at it for a while, then I discovered that after suffering through over four or five hours I still had another 15 to go. I gave up.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    Debbie Woodruff says: "NY to Dallas"
    "NY to Dallas"

    One of the things I love most about the in Death series, is how the characters, especially Eve, have evolved over time. The author manages to keep Eve's toughness, while allowing her to show her softer, loving side, and also keep the raw terror of her childhood memories. It is brilliant, and the narrator is perfect. She is Eve, as well as all the other characters. I especially love her portrayal of Peabody. I definitely recommend New York to Dallas.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "I love Harlan Coben, but..."

    Mr. Coben is a good storyteller (the reason I actually finished this book), who's writing has matured considerably since he wrote this book. Note to Mr. Coben: Just because you are famous now is not a reason to publish a sub-par book that you wrote years ago. I purchased it right away, not realizing that it was an older book, and suffered through 17+ hours. In this book:

    1. All the women are either the most beautiful woman in the world, or fat cows, and their beauty seems to be their reason for existence. All is accepted and forgiven, even some serious character flaws that would get those fat cows booted out in an instant.
    2. Everyone, especially the women, is supposed to be a smart business person, doctor, or cop, yet they are so stupid that I found myself continually yelling at them.
    3. One of the main characters is a cop, but he acts more like a mobster, lying, threatening, etc.
    4. The writing is so melodramatic that when combined with the reading of Scott Brick (who I usually enjoy), it was so annoying that I couldn't wait for it to be over.

    Yes, I finished it. As I said before, the story was interesting. I also hate not finishing a book that I paid for. I finished it, but I was glad when it was finally over.

    43 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Spider Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond

    John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?

    Richard says: "Couldn't see the forest for the (dry) trees"
    "Another good read by Kathy Reichs"

    I enjoyed listening to the book. It was fun to have a different setting (and learn a little Hawaiian instead of a little French!). To correct a previous reviewer, Linda Emond has narrated most of Ms. Reich's books. There have been a few other readers, but Barbara Rosenblat was not one of them.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    She's young. She's beautiful. And her corpse, laid out in the office of Boston medical examiner Cat Novak, betrays no secrets - except for a notebook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. When a second victim is discovered, Cat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the city streets: a shadowy madman without mercy or apparent motive. The police are sceptical. The mayor won't listen. And Cat's chief suspect is one of the city's most prominent citizens.

    Debbie Woodruff says: "You Should Know..."
    "You Should Know..."

    I have not finished this book, and I admit it is not bad, but anyone who purchases it should be aware that this is not a new book. It is retitled from a book written in 1998 (I think--the author tells you at the beginning of the book).

    It was written before the author moved into suspense, so it is basically a romance novel with some suspense.

    There is no way of knowing this from the information available on Audible. I consider this rather unethical, as I was not looking for an old romance novel, but rather one of the excellent suspense novels that this author currently writes.

    82 of 83 people found this review helpful

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