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Paula Not from Gualala

Practically Paradise, CA | Member Since 2008

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  • 11 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 516 titles in library
  • 45 purchased in 2014
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  • The Next Time You See Me

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Holly Goddard Jones
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Thirteen-year-old Emily Houchens doesn’t have many friends; her classmates find her strange. When one day she happens upon a dead body hidden in the woods near her house in Roma, Kentucky, she decides not to tell anyone about her discovery - a choice that begins to haunt her. Susanna Mitchell has always been a good girl, the dutiful daughter and wife. While her older sister, Ronnie, trolled bars for men and came home late, Susanna kept a neat house, a respectable job, and a young daughter.

    Tango says: "Fascinating Characters - Great Book!"
    "Tragedy, love, disappointment, hope. AKA "life""
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    One of the better books I've heard in the last couple years, reminiscent of Crooked Lettter, Crooked Letter, a favorite. The characters are written with such depth and feeling. One Audible reviewer complained, finding them stereotypical. On the contrary, I found them--the middle school bully, the killer, the school teacher, the cop, even the victim--complex and multifaceted. The story weaves in and out of the character's lives, back and forth thru time, revealing the part each plays in the sad drama.

    Some reviewers were unhappy with the ending; I found it to be just right. To me the themes of the book were inevitability and lost chances; events unfolded in the only way they could and the ending perfectly illustrates this.

    The reader was very good. She has a light touch which, oddly, works well here. A voice laden with portent (insert Scott Brick here) wouldn't be nearly as successful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (328)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    Paul says: "Wow!!!"
    "Interesting story. The writing? Not so much."
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    Several deaths occur in patients with multiple serious health issues who also happen to be beta testing iDoc, a cell phone app "primary care doctor" developed by a huge insurance company. Are the deaths coincidental? A result of the evil machinations of an insurance company intent on watching the bottom line? Or something else?
    The fictional iDoc of the book is probably already in the works. Sign me up please when it launches! The book makes a good argument for this technology or maybe it simply accepts the inevitable. I liked the discussions about medical ethics, the paucity of accessible health care for everyone, and the very real concerns about allocation of health care resources. Opinions abound, I'm not sure there's a definitive answer.
    The writing is . . . ummm . . . pretty simple, sometimes to the point of cringe-worthy. But still, I do recommend this book for a little glimpse into the not-too-distant-future of medicine.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (579)

    The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

    karen says: "The purgatory of group therapy"
    "Don't let your FOSB dissuade you"
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    I almost didn't buy this because of FOSB (Fear of Scott Brick) but was pleasantly surprised that he seems to have toned down his inherent Scott Brickiness. Ha! I'm halfway through, think I've figured out the connection among the murder victims, and am particularly enjoying the stories and dialog of the counseling sessions led by the main character. Lots of implausibilities here but what the heck, it's not a textbook.

    26 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Kin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kealan Patrick Burke
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers - a family of cannibalistic lunatics - are closing in.

    Paula Not from Gualala says: "Murder, dismemberment, incest, cannibalism"
    "Murder, dismemberment, incest, cannibalism"
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    And that's in just the first hour.

    Part X-Files' episode "Home" and part original "Hills Have Eyes" with evil, murderous Southern backwoods (why are they always from the South?) family preying upon hapless travelers. If you like this sort of thing, as I do, you'll probably find this book somewhat entertaining.

    "Somewhat" because I wasn't able to listen for a couple days and completely forgot what I'd been listening to. Not super compelling but a fine diversion while weeding the yard.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (871)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "3 hours left but, heck, I'm gonna review anyway"
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    Heck, even if the author makes a complete hash of the ending, the journey was worth it.

    I listen to a lot of mysteries and thrillers; most of them are lightweight both in terms of plot and the author's writing ability. This is generally jim dandy; I'm here to be entertained. But The Woodcutter not only entertained but delighted. Well written, complex characters, interesting plot (I think I've figured it out but suspect I'll be wrong). The reader has a great voice and does the regional accents really well. Um, I think he does them well, guess you'd have to ask someone from England, though.

    Give it a listen--it's smart, sometimes funny and, yes, entertaining!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2754)
    Story
    (2759)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Thank goodness for Audible's return policy"
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    Gave up after Part 1. I was so looking forward to listening all weekend as I worked in the yard but, alas, couldn't do it. Very good reader though.

    For my taste, the story jumped around too much. A little jumping eh, OK, but Mr. Hill was all over the map. Literally.

    Hmmmm, maybe I'm just not a fan of magical characters with superpowers. If you are, like the bulk of the reviewers, you'll probably be quite happy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sean Chercover
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (164)

    Daniel Byrne is an investigator for the Vatican’s secretive Office of the Devil’s Advocate - the department that scrutinizes miracle claims. Over 10 years and 721 cases, not one miracle he tested has proved true. But case #722 is different; Daniel’s estranged uncle, a crooked TV evangelist, has started speaking in tongues - and accurately predicting the future. Daniel knows Reverend Tim Trinity is a con man. Could Trinity also be something more? The evangelist himself is baffled by his newfound power.

    J. Webb says: "Faith without Acts...Could Get You Killed."
    "Oh, why not have a little fun?"
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    Very entertaining book. Good narrator, he kind of "acted" the characters if you know what I mean. But not in an obnoxious way. You have to suspend your disbelief for some of the character's foolish and dangerous actions*. Plus the ending was pretty predictable. But what the heck, sometimes we need a little fun, don't you think?


    *Ha! Suspend disbelief in a review of a book about God speaking through chosen people. Snort!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Say You're Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found. Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Robotham is the real deal!"
    "No need to say you're sorry for choosing this bk"
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    If you could sum up Say You're Sorry in three words, what would they be?

    well written, good story, talented narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    multi-faceted characters


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    They'll all so good. You know immediately which character is speaking .


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

    Well, yes but mustn't give the story away


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to a number of Mr. Robotham's books and have enjoyed them all. I think the narrator is very talented also. Doesn't particularly "act" the characters just lets them tell their stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tutor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Peter Abrahams
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When Scott and Linda Gardner hire Julian Sawyer to tutor their troubled teenage son Brandon, Julian seems like the answer to a prayer. He's bright, courteous, refined, and connects with Brandon in a way neither of his parents can. They embrace Julian almost as a member of the family. But the tutor has his own dark agenda. For Julian, the Gardners are like specimens in jars, creatures to be studied - and manipulated.

    Galadriel says: "A unique battle of wits - excellent!"
    "I like it"
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    Good story; the young heroine was particularly appealing. I hadn't read anything by Mr. Abrahams but will again. Nice mix of humor and suspense. Mr. Daniels did a great job with the characterizations and pacing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (311)

    An art history professor and writer and cheerful pervert, James Qatar had a hobby: he took secret photographs of women and turned them into highly sexual drawings. One day, he took the hobby a step further and...well, one thing led to another, and he had to kill her. A man in his position couldn't be too careful, after all. And you know something? He liked it.

    Nina says: "a great Sandford thriller"
    "I like it"
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    This is my 2nd Lucas D. book; very entertaining and good story. The baddie is very bad. I like the humanity of the cops and their amusing interactions. Didn't hear any background voices or sounds as one reviewer noted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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