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Shirley

I've been an Audible addict since 2001. I like fantasy, intrigue, detective mysteries, love stories (not soft porn), and books with a Christian theme (and yes I know some don't think that fits with my love of fantasy). Since my husband retired I have less time to listen, but I always get through at least 4 books a month! I love to stock up during sales!!!

DELTONA, FL, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 17 reviews
  • 133 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5053)
    Performance
    (3058)
    Story
    (3083)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "must read!"
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    If you could sum up One Second After in three words, what would they be?

    riviting, eyeopening, heartwrenching


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is an extremely well written book that will make you cherish the pampered life we lead as US citizens. It is a very realistic story of what


    Which scene was your favorite?

    too many to chose.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving too much away there comes a time when those in power have to chose who will live and who will die based on who will or will not receive food rations. At the same time they fight for the lives of family pets. Being a pet lover I have to wonder given a choice between watching a neighbor die and slaughtering my own dogs for food, which would be the harder.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not much of a doomsday fanatic. I don't fear death for I know that life on this earth is but a breath of the life we will live in heaven. I do believe the

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ragtime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By E. L. Doctorow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears.

    Catherine says: "Ragtime and Doctorow are compelling"
    "waste of time"
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    This book consists of a bunch of rambling scenes that never really connect. There are far too many characters and none are fully developed - just a glimpse here and there. Many scenes are included just for shock value - and the value is not much in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10564)
    Performance
    (9588)
    Story
    (9608)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "good book could make an interesting series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At times I thought this was predictable but found my predictions were wrong. I was a bit disappointed in the end cause I hoped for a series. It could still be a series but would be harder to continue as ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (847)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "I would give it a zero if possible!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the stupidist book I have tried to listen to in a long time! Reminds me of the Dumb and Dumber type movies my boys liked to watch when they were teenagers. Just couldn't get past the first few chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Completely Smitten

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (458)

    Sheltered preacher's daughter Haley Foster ran away from her small town to do all the "bad" things she'd never done. She soon found herself in a hotel room with U.S. Marshal Kevin Harmon. But her knight in shining armor showed no interest in teaching a disappointed Haley Lovemaking 101....

    Judi says: "COMPLETELY SMITTEN"
    "surprisingly good story"
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    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book cause I wanted a clean, simple love story and expected it to be the typical sappy romance. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised at the story line. It is a well written and fun story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Dexter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (622)

    Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department... but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observ­ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tol­erate displeasure... in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

    phillip says: "Doting Daddy Dexter Delivers D'goods!"
    "still keeps me entertained"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I've heard all the Dexter books and also regularlly watch the series. It had been awhile since the last book and I forgot how different the TV series is from the books. If you have been watching the series on ShowTime and have not read the previous books you can still listen to this one. Just realize there are significant differences... namely in the books Dexter has a girl (not a boy), his wife is alive, his step children know about his dark passenger and in face the boy also has a dark passenger, and his sister Deb has a son close to the age of Dexter's daughter. Additionally although his father played the same role in Dexter's past we hear very little about him in the books.Otherwise if you enjoy the TV series you will love the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (852)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "A bit slow"
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    What about Barry Eisler’s performance did you like?

    Since the main character (the one telling the story) is supposed to be Asian I was surprised the author (definitely not Asian) chose to read it - especially without an accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story but it was a bit slow and predictable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1647)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "I am in love with Janet Evanovich!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Explosive Eighteen again? Why?

    Definitely! Her books never fail to make me laugh! If you are new you can listen to this without going back to the earlier books but you will definitely want to catch up on previous Stephanie Plum books.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Lorelei King has a great reading voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have a hard time choosing a favorite - Lula and Grandma keep me in stitches!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (930)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    AMC says: "Promising New Series"
    "could be great but..."
    Overall

    This could be a great series but the vulgar language gets in the way. I am not a prude - I have no problem with language that adds to the story line or forms a particular character's identity. But this author uses vulgar language for no reason - it adds nothing and simply makes the book difficult to listen to. Sad if you ask me because like I said this could be an great series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Avenged: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1800)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1140)

    J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a "different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing" (All About Romance) world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male's loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested - and his dangerous mixed blood revealed.

    cmclien says: "One of my favorites so far!"
    "what a waste"
    Overall

    This was a total waste of a credit! Poor writing, unnecessary language, what is the point???

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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