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Carolyn

Carrollton, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Gutshot Straight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lou Berney
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (315)

    When Charles "Shake" Bouchon, professional wheel man, walks out of prison after a three-year stretch for grand theft auto, he's got only two problems: he's too nice a guy for the life he's led and not nice enough for any other. So he says yes when he's asked to run a simple errand for his former boss and lover, Alexandra Ilandryan, the formidable pakhan of the Armenian mob in Los Angeles.

    Richard Delman says: "A whole lotta fun."
    "I wish I liked them"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was well crafted. But, the characters were very difficult to care about. By the end I was in a hurry for it to end so I could move on.


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

    I had a hard time caring because the characters as a whole were so unlikable. The twists didn't quite twist and the turns didn't turn far enough. There was nothing really endearing or incredibly awful about any of the characters.


    Did Edoardo Ballerini do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He is a very good narrator. I will be willing to listen to other narrations by him.


    Was Gutshot Straight worth the listening time?

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wish List

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Locke
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser, Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Be careful what you wish for! When Buddy Pancake and his drinking buddies stumble across the Wish List website, they jokingly post their "impossible" wishes. Imagine their surprise when, one by one, the wishes start coming true! But Buddy and his pals neglected to read the fine print explaining the price they must pay for the wishes they've been granted. Wish List is a compelling, nail-biting, laugh-out-loud thriller in the tradition of Saving Rachel.

    Robert J. Morrow says: "I wish for more"
    "Kept me listening every chance I got."
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    What made the experience of listening to Wish List the most enjoyable?

    Being constantly suprised


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alway Donavan Creed


    Have you listened to any of L.J. Ganser and Rich Orlow ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Both narrators were just right for the characters. They kept me engaged.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1483)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Only listened to this one to keep up ."
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    What did you love best about Separation of Power?

    The story was solid and exciting. However, I really disliked Mitch's girl friend. She came across as very immature.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Separation of Power?

    The killing Clark.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This narrator did not really feel this character. He was too frantic, too excitable. His narration made it hard for me to finish the book. He should probably do comedies or lighter fair. Mitch Rapp is a dark, dangerous man and the narrator did not capture this at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (2669)
    Story
    (2676)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "I laughed out loud."
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    If you could sum up Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, enjoyable and easy to listen to.


    What other book might you compare Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors to and why?

    The Janet Evanavitch books. Same sense of humor. Same since of independence in the women. I really enjoy this series and plan to read them all as they become available.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of the Flowers: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    With more than a dash of glamour and serious helpings of style, the witty and courageous Phryne Fisher returns. In 1928 St Kilda’s streets hang with fairy lights. Magic shows, marionettes, tea dances, tango competitions, life-saving demonstrations, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all part of the Flower Parade. And who else should be chosen to be Queen of the Flowers but the gorgeous, charming and terribly fashionable Hon Phryne Fisher?

    Denise Barker says: "always enjoy a Phryne tale!"
    "Fun read"
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    Where does Queen of the Flowers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen and read to relax. This book is great for easy listening and enjoying a story. Ms. Fisher is what many of us women secretly wish we were. Confident, totally independent, apologising to no one for who she is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's dependability, and humor. Even discussing a very real and grusome situation it was still enjoyable and never became maudelin.


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

    She is great as Phrynie Fisher. I don't believe I have heard any other recordings of her work.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5652)
    Performance
    (4822)
    Story
    (4818)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Did Jim Butcher really write this book?"
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    Very disapointing. The witty sarcastic, funny character of Dresden turned in to a whinny, introspective, person that I didn't care anything about. There was very little of the snap and banter between the chacters that you usually see in these books. The change in narrator's really didn't help. While this narrator is probably very good, he is not Harry Dresden. He was not able to deliver any of the lines with the snap, and punch of Dresden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Cool Killers: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Many people had reasons for killing Galen, a big Greek with too much money and too great a liking for young black girls. But there are complications - like a drug addict, a disappearing suspect, and the fact that Coffin Ed's daughter is up to her neck in the whole explosive business.

    Ilana says: "Too Cool For School"
    "Great read."
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    If you could sum up The Real Cool Killers in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, haunting, true


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ability to truthfully characterize people in the black community before the 80's. The characterizations remind me of my childhood.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    Really like his voice. Captures what I feel are the inner essences of the characters.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Rachel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Locke
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper, Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    What if the best morning of your life suddenly turned into your worst nightmare? Sam Case is about to find out. Saving Rachel is the story of what happens when killers force a man to choose between his wife and his mistress...and the one he rejects must die.

    Carolyn says: "I loved it; I should be ashamed"
    "I loved it; I should be ashamed"
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    Would you listen to Saving Rachel again? Why?

    Yes. I probably will


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have developed real concern and a desire to find out what happens with these characters. The book is funny and I laughed out loud. I don't know how the author manages to take really bad people and make me like them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular favorite. All were really great.


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

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4769)
    Performance
    (3598)
    Story
    (3602)

    No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

    Carrie says: "I want more of Harry!"
    "Did not disappoint"
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    What made the experience of listening to Small Favor the most enjoyable?

    The cutting sarcastic, in your face attitude of Harry Dresden


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration and the suspense. I can visualize the characters so well.


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

    To me he Is Harry Dresden.


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

    I'm not able to do that, but I would have


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Business: Lizzy and Diesel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (550)

    Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel. When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his 20-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust.

    Lorena says: "Not her best"
    "Excellent Light Read"
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    If you could sum up Wicked Business in three words, what would they be?

    Lots of Fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was really funny, easy to listen to and I cared what happened to the characters.


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

    I get a clearer picture of the characters. She seems to flow into each one effortlessly and they all are believable.


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

    I laughed out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    I want more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss the Dead: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (631)

    When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.

    pewter says: "Weak Link in the Anita Blake Series"
    "Back to basics"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kiss the Dead the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the simplicity of the story. This read brought back the original concept of Anita fighting monsters rather than herself. I hope there are more like this to come.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the focus on the reason for the story, what was happening rather than Anita's relationships. These are important but they had begun to take over the entire book with very little focus on the detecting, fighting and destroying the monster they were after.


    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Alexis – was your favorite?

    Anita. But all were easy to listen to.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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