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cindy

Gypsum, CO, United States

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15782)
    Performance
    (13999)
    Story
    (14037)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A dark twisted story about dark twisted people"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Hmmm not sure this was a bit dark for my tastes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Sad


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I don't want to know anything more about either of those people.


    Any additional comments?

    I like stories about "real" people, but these two take it to an extreme - they are way to sick for me to want to know as much as I know about them. The first part was entertaining and intrieging, the second half I found quite depressing. On the good side - it was well crafted and narrated and kept me very interested until close to the end when I saw no hope in sight and then I felt cheated - why should I have cared about two suck sick individuals.

    57 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (244)

    When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

    D. Edwards says: "Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure"
    "Just couldn't keep listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator! I couldn't make it past a half hour - I couldn't take it.


    What could A. J. Hartley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I may try reading it on my Kindle so I can give the story a chance


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Eby?

    Anyone


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

    I don't know I couldn't keep listening


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (730)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Town Like Alice the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narrator his characters were clearly defined and his aussie accent is very entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A good story about good people doing good things, the story unfolded beautifully


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

    No I don't think I have


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yup


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (307)

    Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

    Doreen says: "I love Chet!"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about A Fistful of Collars? What did you like least?

    I like that the story is told from the dog's point of view. But after listening to 4 of these books, the lines are getting redundant. This book didn't seem to have much of a plot, just more of the silly, but clever lines from the previous books.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Spencer Quinn? Why or why not?

    Yeah, I still find them entertaining, but I couldn't tell you what this one was about.


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

    I like listening to these books in particular - I like the way he does what the dog is thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Spencer needs to add some more to his material - too much like the previous books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Switch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    From the bestselling author of The Alibi comes a thriller about a woman investigating the murder of her identical twin sister. Melina Lloyd vows to stop at nothing to learn the truth and avenge her sister Gillian's death. But soon she is on the run from police, the FBI, and the mastermind whose evil plot to engineer the perfect "switch" could result in disastrous consequences on a global scale.

    cindy says: "A romance novel pretending to be a mystery"
    "A romance novel pretending to be a mystery"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they liked romance novels and overused plots I recommend it. The whole religious cult theme has been well explored by many other books; I think she picked two of the characters right out of the Davinci Code - gag!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Well, I usually avoid romance because I prefer to have my characters be real not Barbie and Ken dolls.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think Jan Maxwell did as good a job as possible with the material she had to work with.


    Do you think The Switch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Heavens No!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Solar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

    Cariola says: "McEwan Does It Again!"
    "boring and waste of money"
    Overall

    This book was boring. It never went anywhere interesting. Funny, it was not - the main character is a pathetic, egocentric, looser that ruins women's lives is not funny. A waste of money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3051)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1272)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Not her best book"
    Overall

    This book seemed more about living with autism then about the characters. Maybe I've read too many of her books, but this one seemed formulaic and predictable. However the education in Autism made it well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (243)

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    A User says: "uuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhh............"
    "tedious!"
    Overall

    This book was full of it's self and tedious. There was no point to reading it. Much of it was written in letters which no one would write to a stranger. It was an art history lesson written as fiction - yuk!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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