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AMC

Carlisle, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Finding Zach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rowan Speedwell
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    For five years, Zach Tyler, son of one of the world’s richest software moguls, was held hostage, tortured, and abused. When he is rescued at last from the Venezuelan jungle, he is physically and psychologically shattered, but he slowly begins to rebuild the life he should have had before an innocent kiss sent him into hell. His childhood best friend David has lived those years with overwhelming guilt and grief. Every relationship David has tried has fallen apart because of his feelings for a boy he thought dead.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. I enjoyed the relationship development"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to Finding Zach again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to Finding Zach again! Although there are definitely some difficult issues in the book, they were handled beautifully! This is one of the best listens I've experienced so far!!


    What other book might you compare Finding Zach to and why?

    I think the only book that comes to mind would be Promise Rock by Amy Lane. The characters are flawed in similar ways and you pull for them just the same.


    What does Paul Morey bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was flawless throughout. Nothing is more distracting than listening to a serious heart-wrenching scene to hear a word mispronounced. It's very difficult to overlook.


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

    I did my best to listen to this all at once. It's THAT good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • His Name Is John: Elliott Smith Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dorien Grey
    • Narrated By Jim Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Elliott Smith wakes up in the hospital with a head injury - and an invisible companion. At first, he's convinced "John" is just a figment of a damaged brain, but when he's fully recovered John is still around and desperate to find out who he is. Reluctantly, Elliott agrees to help and discovers Chicago PD has a John Doe on their hands with six bullets in him - who died in the ER at the same time Elliott was there.

    AMC says: "Will Definitely Read the Series"
    "Will Definitely Read the Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of His Name Is John to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure that the audio edition could be considered a better experience. The narrator had a unique rhythm to his reading that was somewhat distracting at times. After 30 minutes or so I'd grown used to it and was able to follow the story. Honestly, I liked the story so much I will probably buy the print versions of the others just to finish the series!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a sucker for ghost stories, but I also loved that the romance developed seamlessly without taking away from the plot of the mystery. Elliot and Steve didn't fall madly in love at first sight. Elliot questioned his sanity when he heard John's voice, who wouldn't?

    Dorien Grey has a plays with language in a way that most writers only attempt and usually awkwardly. The remarkable descriptions of physical locations and the characters emotions will definitely have me buying another Eliot Smith mystery.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim Hickey?

    I would not seek out a book narrated by Jim Hickey, but I would not avoid a book that he narrated either. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and there have been some that I have not finished because of the narration. That was definitely not the case here, but the rhythm was somewhat unusual.


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

    I really enjoyed the way John's identity was slowly revealed not only to the reader, but also to John.


    Any additional comments?


    I listened to the audio version of His Name is John. I have to say that I really enjoyed the story a great deal and that I definitely look forward to reading the rest of the series! Not many people can use language as well as Dorien Grey and I found the characters engaging.

    I loved the manner in which Elliot's relationship with Steve developed as it didn't take away from the focus of the story which was figuring out John's actual identity. My only issue was that the narrator took some getting used to. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and there have been some that I have not finished because of the narration. That was definitely not the case here, but the rhythm was somewhat unusual. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and will listen to it again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Should've Been a Cowboy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Vicki Lewis Thompson
    • Narrated By Zoe Hunter
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Party organizer Tyler O'Connelli is on the fast track to her dream career. She's so close she can almost taste it. But when she returns to her family and sees her one-night stand, Alex Keller, all done up in his cowboy gear, her self-control is stretched to the breaking point….

    Melissa says: "WORST NARRATOR EVER!!! BUT LOVE THIS SERIES...."
    "Story is fine, but narration kills the experience."
    Overall

    I don't buy Harlequin Blaze subscription with the expectation of anything, but mindless entertainment with interesting and amusing characters if somewhat predictable. This title delivers that, but the odd pauses and numerous mispronunciations made by this narrator nearly forced me to delete the title and pay for it again on my Nook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (964)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    AMC says: "Promising New Series"
    "Promising New Series"
    Overall

    A welcome visit back to Caldwell! This was an enjoyable listen due to a good story and fantastic narration. The set-up was a little slow, but once it got going, I found it difficult to find a good place to stop! Ward has created more strong male characters that obviously have more going on than can be revealed in one book. While that creates a desire to snatch up the next installment, the stories of Vin & Marie-Therese are wrapped up tidily!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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