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Stephanie

Corralitos, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Alex Cross's TRIAL

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (202)

    From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

    Carolyn says: "In a word ... miserable"
    "Where was Alex Cross?"
    Overall

    I kept waiting for the connection to Alex Cross. Some characters had the last name of Cross, but I never did figure out why this book was titled Alex Cross's Trial. The book was slow and verbose. I felt like the author was trying to get to certain word count level.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • April and Oliver

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tess Callahan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    April and Oliver have been soul mates since childhood, and the attraction between them has always been palpable. Now, years after being completely inseparable, they have become strangers, but the wildly different paths of their lives are about to collide once again with the sudden death of April's brother.

    Stephanie says: "Just OK"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    Hmmm. Not sure how to review this without spoiling it. It was OK, but just OK. The author has potential, but this one was just a little off for me. I need to "read" a story that's believable. There are soooo many depressing scenes, too much sexual tension, frustration and flirting. And why would you have a story with a Hal and an Al. I kept having to think which one was the father and which one was the son. I'll stop now, because all my other comments would spoil it. I did enjoy the last hour and half of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (862)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "I can't keep listening."
    Overall

    Sorry but I purchased this book based on the good reviews. I can't take listening to it anymore. I'm three and a half hours in. The narrator is soooo boring. The subject matter is an interesting one and I'd give it another try, but in print the next time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4762)
    Performance
    (1648)
    Story
    (1656)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "A Good Listen"
    Overall

    It starts out slow, but honestly I would sit in parking lots and in my driveway at home to keep listening. The story captured me and surprised me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "Good but . . . ."
    Overall

    Good but in typical Dan Brown fashion the ending falls flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    Curatina says: "Great listening!"
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
    Overall

    If you like the Dragon Tatoo, you'll love this one. I usually only listen to books during my commute to and from work, but I couldn't stop listening. It is long and verbose (like Dragon Tatoo) but so much better. Put me on the Pre-Order for Hornets Nest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thing About Jane Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sharon Krum
    • Narrated By Pamela Dillman
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    The thing about Jane Spring is...at 31, she has everything a woman could ask for and seemingly everything a man could long for - great legs, brains, rising star status in the Manhattan D.A.'s office - but she just can't find a man who'll fall madly in love with her. Men are always asking her out, but for some reason no one wants a second date.

    Jody says: "A very silly book"
    "Too funny!"
    Overall

    Jane Spring kept me laughing. It was predictable and fun. SAgreat first listen. It made my commute seem so much shorter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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