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Garfield Heights, OH, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 336 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Excellent recording"

    I bought this book because it was on sale, and I have to say of all the gazillion audio books I've listened to, this recording is simply the best.

    The supernatural romance/vampire kinda books aren't really my thing, but the actress, Johanna Parker,does an incredible job. She totally throws herself away and transforms into the protagonist, Sookie Stackhouse, and the result is that this novel is compelling, charming, heartrendingly romantic, suspenseful, and addicting. Experienced audio book listeners who think the supernatural romance genre is terrible should listen to this recording, simply because it is a tour de force.

    After listening to this all in one day, I'm determined to listen to the rest of the series, and anything else performed by Johanna Parker.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Textured, entrancing, unsettling..."

    This was the first book I've experienced by this author, and I thought I was going to be listening to a thriller/adventure novel. Instead I was treated to a taut, tense, unsettling character-driven tale. The setting was well described, conveying a strong sense of place, but it takes a back seat to the characters. I empathized with them at the same time that I hated them and marveled at their stupidity, at the same time wondering what I'd do in that situation..

    As the book drew to its climax, I covered my face with my hands, stricken at the decisions the characters were making. Then I wondered how they could live with themselves...and then I wondered if they could really have done anything differently.

    This is a riveting action adventure, but all the really good action is internal to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "Moving, Suspenseful, Well- Performed"

    I never write reviews, but this book was so great I had to encourage others to try it.

    I've read a lot of Nora Roberts, including her mainstream novels and supernatural thrillers and futuristic crime procedurals. I always finish her books satisfied, but this one left me in tears...I was moved.

    The luminous characterization, the stirring love story, and the non-stop suspense make it a powerhouse. It has more depth and texture than anything I've read by this author, and she should be proud to call this novel an achievement.

    At first, I was befuddled as various endearing, and not so endearing characters were introduced, but they all fit together like puzzle pieces in the end. The hero and heroine were likeable, and their romance believable and understated. I was really rooting for them

    The voice actress was amazing, breathing individual life into the large cast of characters, dragging you into the story. Particularly mesmerizing was the telling of the night that Abigail's life changed forever.

    The only thing that I can imagine people might not like about The Witness is that its style is a little more deliberate than other Roberts novels. Its characters are well -rounded and meticulously defined, so there's a lot of detail here. While some may feel it's tedious, others may find it makes the book....well...fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Compelling, but predictable in ways"

    I was expecting a thriller, but this is more a story about how people's lives are affected by murder. That said, it was extremely compelling; I simply had to know what happened at the end. The characters were well-rounded, the pacing and suspense were well-measured, and I look forward to reading and listening to more by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Music: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, Scotland is a land of stunning vistas, wild chieftains, treacherous glens, and steep shadows: skullduggery, betrayal, and now murder. Prized for her exquisite beauty, the daughter of one of England's most influential barons, Gabrielle is also a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle's marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.

    Lilian says: "Yes, read it!"
    "Wish I had saved my credit..."

    I'm a Garwood fan, but I'm sorry to say this, her latest Scottish novel, is pretty darn bad. It's slow, the characters are flat and boring,nor does it have the humor, sexual tension and fun of her earlier novels. The narrator reads extremely sloooowly, and I found myself wishing I'd just checked out the actual book from the library and saved myself some time. Shadow Music is mildly entertaining, but a waste of time of money.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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