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Carolyn

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  • Good in Bed

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Paula Cale
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    The day Cannie Shapiro, a savvy, intelligent, plus-sized pop culture reporter, opens up a national women's magazine to find out that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their ex-sex life is the day her life changes forever. Good in Bed celebrates the courage of the human spirit and introduces you to a heroine you'll never forget.

    T. Freeman says: "A Genuine Surprise"
    "Starts great... Ends up OK"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this audiobook. I had just finished "The Guy Not Taken" (Also by Jennifer Weiner - which I loved). "Good in Bed" started out great. The narrator was excellent. Her voice was perfect for the main character, and she brought the words to life. The story was also very interesting... and also very funny. But about 2/3 of the way through, I found myself wanting to fast forward. It seemed a bit repetitive. I also was very disappointed because there were too many of the same plot lines and even the same dialog lines as "The Guy Not Taken". In both books, main characters were big swimmers, had fathers that had just vanished, had relatives that didn't like to be touched. I could name more. That was disappointing, it's not like these books are a series. Did Jennifer think readers wouldn't pick up on that? At some points I had to stop the tape and reorient myself because there were too many similarities. The end was also a bit unrealistic. But I did love the first 2/3rds of the book, and it was a very good listen :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4631)
    Performance
    (2312)
    Story
    (2340)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Do NOT pass up this book!"
    Overall

    If you are a fan of history to any degree - you will be fascinated by this superbly written and narrated account of the World's Fair. Reading about the World's Fair may sound boring and "expected"... but this book was anything but!!! I was so impressed at how the author used his research and writing style to weave a tale of the Fair - and illustrate how so many events/products/styles came from the development of the Fair. Plus - this book is actually two books in one. Interwoven into the tale is an account of a serial killer in Chicago during the time of the Fair. WOW! The story about the serial killer was seamless! I didn't want to put this book down, and was so sad when it ended.

    Without Audible (and other member reviews) I would never have known about this book. Thanks Audible!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Caller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Ezekiel "Coop" Cooper is lonely. He's no longer with the NYPD due to cancer that's in remission. His daughter Bette is in New Jersey, and he doesn't talk with her about anything personal, but he loves her. He's looking forward to seeing her at the family bungalow, but when he gets there, he finds her dead, curled up in a way that suggests a ritual murder.

    Carolyn says: "Suspenseful"
    "Suspenseful"
    Overall

    I had previously listened to and really enjoyed Lutz's "The Night Spider." I enjoyed "The Night Caller" as well. I liked, related to and sympathized with the main character - Lutz has a great writing style. The plot was also suspenseful - I listened to the entire book very quickly. I took off only one star - because the killer in the book seemed to echo the killer from "The Night Spider" a bit too much for me. Oh - and don't forget Scott Brick, who is one of the best readers period.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Salem Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (332)

    Jack St. Bride was a popular teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school when he was falsely accused of statutory rape. Released after eight months behind bars, he arrives in Salem Falls hoping to start fresh. He lands a job washing dishes at the local diner and even falls in love with the owner, Addie. But then a spoiled local girl accuses Jack of assault, forcing his past into the open and turning the town against him.

    Carolyn says: "Not My Favorite Picoult"
    "Not My Favorite Picoult"
    Overall

    While I was listening to this book, I really enjoyed it. Looking at it critically for a review, I will say while enjoyable, it is not my favorite Picoult book. There's no doubt that Picoult is talented and has a wonderful writing style. However, I found some points of the plot unbelivable, and other parts too similar to previous novels. To me, this story seemed like it followed too much of the "formua" that was created in her other successful books, and it made this book less original for me.

    If you are a first-time Picoult listener, read "My Sister's Keeper" or "Nineteen Minutes." My Sister's Keeper, as an audiobook, is sheer brilliance.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Rest of Her Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy, the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community.

    Joan says: "Obnoxious musical interludes ruin the story"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    Yuck! I am a fan of Jodi Picoult, and some literary sites recommended this book as being paralell to Picoult (for ethical and social subject matter).

    I found this book to very drawn out, tedious, whiny and lacking enough plot to keep it from being so whiny and annoying. Once I got halfway into the book, I had more compassion for the self-centered main character, and could understand why the author portrayed her in that way... but the first part of the book was almost so unbearable I almost didn't make it through.

    Can't say I would recommend it. Spend your credits on some Picoult instead!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (430)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "A Little Unbelievable, But Entertaining"
    Overall

    I decided to try out this book because I am a Scott Brick junkie.
    So yes, there are parts of this book that are... say, a wee-bit unbelievable. I'll call it "Hollywood-movie reality." :) In fact, I could easily see this book headlining at my local theater.

    If you can get past this small hiccup, you've got a great, entertaining listen. With some great plot twists - right up to the very end. Scott Brick is his usual brilliant self - although I must admit that I found his voice to be a little old for the main charater. Still, I give this book a solid 4/5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    John Lutz is fascinated by the nighttime dangers that await women alone. In The Night Spider, he improvises a new variation on this theme with a thriller about a serial killer who preys upon women living in high-rises. With few visible means of entry, the mysterious stalker kills women while they sleep in their beds behind securely locked doors.

    Patricia says: "loved it!"
    "What a Web!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. Well-written. Suspenseful. I loved the charcters, I found myself up late many nights listening to just a few more chapters, and then I would end up being "scared" awake, with my heart running a mile a minute from the story.

    I also thought the background and first-person take on the killer was fascinating, adding a new texture to the storyline.

    The cherry on this sundae is Scott Brick, a truly superb reader. Thanks Audible!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2510)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (981)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Four Out Of Five"
    Overall

    By the time I listened to WildFire, I had been on a DeMille/John Corey Marathon. I was excited that there was another suspenseful installment to get my hands on!

    Like other DeMille novels, there was suspense, plot twists, blurry lines between fact and fiction, and enough detail provided to the reader that there was no doubt that DeMille would make any researcher proud. Couple this with John Corey's mind + some great laughs... and you have another hit.

    I gave this book 4/5 stars because I found some of the Custer Hill Club discussion and dialog to be a little repetitive and a bit unrealistic. That aside, all in all - this is a fine book - and as usual, Scott Brick ( my favorite narrator) is brilliant!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1047)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "A High-Five to John Corey"
    Overall

    I didn't think DeMille could top Lion's Game, but Night Fall was just as good - if not better. I listened to this audiobook immediately after listening to Lion's Game. In true DeMille fashion, the attention to detail and explanation of facts make the lines between fact and fiction blur in a captivating way. John Corey is again at his best and DeMille is very gifted at making t his characters come to life.

    I had my ipod running nonstop with this book - while driving, sleeping eating. I couldn't put this book down.

    Unlike other readers, I really LIKED the ending. In fact, I was so engrossed with the characters that I didn't even see it coming. It was a haunting and real way to end the book.

    Highly recommended to all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4641)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1924)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "My introduction into the world of DeMille"
    Overall

    I can't tell you how happy I am to have stumbled into the world of John Corey and Nelson Demille. I found this book to be even more captivating because of 9/11, so for those of you who may think of passing on this title because it is "dated" - don't!

    DeMille's attention to detail is fascinating and provides a solid foundation to jump in feet first and become one with the characters and the plot. I couldn't turn off my ipod, and found myself listening anytime I could sneak away for a few minutes.

    It's funny - at the very beginning of the book - I found John Corey to be a little annoying and immature. But he quickly grew on me, and soon he was my pal. I found myself cracking up outloud and was impressed with Corey's wit and humor. I listened to the rest of the "John Corey Series (Night Fall , Wildfire)" one right after the other and can't wait for the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6048)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2662)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Hauntingly Profound"
    Overall

    I was very curious about this book. It made all of the recommended "lists." It featured a narrator, Tom Stechschulte, that I had come to really appreciate in another audio book by Jodi Picoult. Plus, it had a Pulitzer nod.

    This book lived up to all of my expectations and more.

    I am still spellbound and haunted by this book. Surprisingly, the minimalist writing and dialogue were the author's most compelling tools - even without huge plot twists and turns I was always on the edge of my seat.

    I found myself immersed in the landscape of a world after nuclear destruction. and my feelings were interwoven with those of the father and son... thanks to the masterful writing of Mr. McCarthy and tnarration by Tom Stechschulte. Bravo.

    I might have missed this book if it wasn't for Audible and other readers' review. Thank you!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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