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Janie

I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.

CAIRNS, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (730)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "Very predictable."
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    A good plot for a teenagers' action comic but not a satisfying read for this old chook who loves her mysteries and suspense stories unfold through some intelligent story writing. There was little or no character development and I was quite happy when the ride was over. I think Lincoln should stick to writing books with Douglas who is obviously the one whose in charge of developing the characters in their novels. The narration was average, but I guess it was difficult for the narrator to get excited about reading this book too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Kraken Project: Wyman Ford, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy", a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.

    Jacqueline says: "Kraken Project? Not Really!"
    "Fun Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kraken Project to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't have a clue.....Why would I bother reading it, now I have listened to it?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kraken Project?

    When Dorothy becomes Charlie.


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance. Gives all the characters life and their own individual personality.


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

    Definitely a feel good book. At times I felt sad and at other times it made me smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I would re-classify this book as a young readers book, although suitable for all those who are young at heart. Don't expect your usual Douglas Preston in this book, it's a much lighter story than his other works. It does however contain important messages for humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under a Silent Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    Overall
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    (1)
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    (1)

    In the crisp, early morning hours, the police are called to a suspected murder at a farm outside a small English village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, blood all over the cottage she lives in. At the same time, police respond to a reported female suicide, where a car has fallen into a local quarry. As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather the evidence, they discover a link between these two women, a link which has sealed their dreadful fate one cold night, under a silent moon.

    Janie says: "I LOVE BRITISH POLICE MYSTERIES - 4.5"
    "I LOVE BRITISH POLICE MYSTERIES - 4.5"
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    What made the experience of listening to Under a Silent Moon the most enjoyable?

    One of my favourite genres, possibly because I used to watch them with Dad on the tele when I was quite small and there was often one at the picture theatre as an accompaniment to the main feature which we often enjoyed more than the main. Elizabeth Haynes books are believable, probably because of her background, and she is a good writer who fleshes out her characters well and makes them very human, indeed. I loved the duel plots here and kept me wondering whether they were linked or not all the way until the end.


    What other book might you compare Under a Silent Moon to and why?

    I don't particularly like comparing authors with each other as they all have something different to offer the reader, however, I feel I can compare other books written by the same author and with Elizabeth Haynes, I feel she's just getting better and better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    well, I guess the most memorable one was when Inspector Andy Holland was seduced by the sinister but beautiful Susan and made to perform graphically detailed S&M with her; "oh my" a step above even Shades of Grey......!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "steamy"


    Any additional comments?

    thoroughly recommend to those who enjoy British Detective murder mysteries; a good thriller with condiments of erotica...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spree

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Morley
    • Narrated By Ian Porter
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A madman is on the rampage in the Los Angeles streets. The City of Angels has become The City of Fear. And everyone from the Oval Office down wants a quick result. The heat is on Jake Mottram, head of the FBI's new Spree Killer Unit, and psychological profiler Angie Holmes to find the madman responsible. Until now, they've been great together. Both at work and in bed. But a killer is about to come between them, in ways that could cost them far more than their careers.

    Janie says: "4.5/5 = great thriller"
    "4.5/5 = great thriller"
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    Where does Spree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    pretty high; not quite a 5, but I only give that for truly outstanding and unfortunately it doesn't happen often enough. But this, very nearly, ticked all the boxes.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    most of the time; I certainly did not wonder off, as sometimes happens with a lesser book. I did listen well into the mornings early hours - just another chapter


    Which character – as performed by Ian Porter – was your favorite?

    well, Jake, but I suspect I'm supposed to say Angie. They were both well drawn characters and I empathised with both.


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

    Almost, but not quite. It took me 3 sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love thrillers in the police procedural genre with a bit of romance and a personal relationship sub plot sprinkled in, then you will really enjoy this. I'm looking forward to the next Michael Morely offering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1507)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Elaine says: "One of Nora's best in years"
    "Stupid Story"
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    Comparing this to another book by the writer, The Witness, you would not think it was written by the same person??? She pushed out a good book with her mystery/thriller the Witness and I was hoping for similar quality with this. Alas, it was not meant to be. However, it did meet the parameters of her chick lit books, of which there are many. I doubt if I will try another. It would have to have fantastic write-ups for me to put my toe into the water again. As for Julia Whelan. I'm not sure whether it was the annoying characters or whether she gave them annoying voices but right from the start it irritated me. I think I would have to listen to a decent size sample of her performing another book before I would jump into the water with Julia again, as well.


    Has The Collector turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This was portrayed as a romance/suspense by Audible and The Witness as Thriller/Suspense. I will steer clear of romance/suspense in future, yes. Perhaps, the 'romance' should be in emboldened typeface.


    What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan’s performance?

    The characters dialogue tainted her performance for me. I'll give her a second chance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Collector?

    All the treacly romantic stuff, except there would only be about 10% of the book left.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy a good thriller/mystery/suspense, this book IS NOT FOR YOU. However, if you enjoy happily every after romantic clap trap you will enjoy this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    'I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don't know the outcome. The house is silent.' Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned. Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house... the nightmare is about to return.

    Annina says: "Mo Hayder knows her stuff!"
    "Ties all prior Caffery's together and much more!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I would, but I would also recommend they read the other Jack Caffery books in order first to get the full impact at the ending of this book. Not sure, but this could well be the last one in the series as it answers many of Jack's 15 years of unanswered questions. I enjoyed this one immensely, albeit gruesome and cruel in large doses. Ms Hayder's writing, however, overcame any squeamishness on my part and I loved the way she wove all the story lines together. The climax was brilliant and a complete surprise. Can't recommend this book highly enough for those who enjoy well written suspense thrillers.


    What other book might you compare Wolf to and why?

    Yes, they are there somewhere in the back of my mind, but I can't bring them to light at the moment. There would be none, though, with the way the culmination of the crime took place in this book.


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

    No I have not, however, his performance was excellent and was perfectly suited to the restrained suspense all the way through the book. I love understated English accents. And, along with Michael Kitchen, Steven Pacey and others, Jot Davies does an exemplary job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    this story is not going where you think it will.....


    Any additional comments?

    five stars speaks for itself....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil and the River

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By R. J. Ellory
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers, Laurence Bouvard
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    ‘When the rains came they found the girl's face. Just her face. At least that was how it appeared...’. Sheriff John Gaines is called down to the riverside when the body of a teenage girl is found. It is that of Nancy Denton - a girl missing for over two decades. Now she's been found her mother can finally put her memory to rest, but Nancy's body bears horrific mutilations that suggest she was subjected to a terrifying voodoo ritual. As Gaines digs ever deeper into the dark secrets of the town he is forced to confront his own demons…

    Janie says: "One of the best writers ever.........!!"
    "One of the best writers ever.........!!"
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    Would you listen to The Devil and the River again? Why?

    I never thought I would say this, but, yes! Emphatically, yes! It took a while to get me 'hooked' this time. I'm an Aussie and the southern USA slow speech, and slow thinking got in my way to start but Ellory soon hooked me with his superb prose and I continued listening just to take pleasure alone in this; soon I was engrossed in this unusual murder mystery which was really a saga about a small town and a wealthy southern family with a secret that they never wanted to be known. The story meandered like the great Missisippi itself backwards and forwards allover the place and every time revealing another piece of the puzzle our protagonist was attempting to unveil. He had a story too, and as the mystery unfolded so did Deputy Sherrif Gaines story too. The book has many layers, the murder plot, and the intricacies of the lives this murder touched. I devoured this reading quickly and will read again just to savour once more the excellent prose of the author, RJ Ellory, who is fast becoming my favourite.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist, Sherrif Gaines. A complex character in his own right; looking for direction and meaning in his life and finding it, as the book unfolds.


    What about Eric Meyers and Laurence Bouvard ’s performance did you like?

    I must admit, that I was not aware there were two performers. For me it was seamless and the voices excellent, for the most part.


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

    I did have an extreme reaction to this book in as much as I was unsure at first whether I was going to enjoy it mainly because of the USA deep south subject matter and just as I was contemplating switching it off, it started to hook me and boy did it ever; I was completely drawn into the story and did not want to put the book down - which I only did once, to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love really good writing, get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (1493)
    Story
    (1487)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Refreshingly original story - well told!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pines the most enjoyable?

    A most intelligently and well written book,performed by an excellent narrator, hooked me in the first couple of paragraphs. I had just ditched the 2 previous audiobooks because they had NOT hooked me within the first 40 minutes; finding I had wondered off and not payed attention to these supposed best sellers. Then along came this little known book by a writer I was not familiar with and, bam, within the first 5 minutes I knew I had a keeper!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The denouement; the moment towards the end of the book when Ethan finally discovers 'the truth.' For me this came as a complete surprise. The story in itself, thus far, had been a very satisfying mystery and thriller and with Ethan being a Secret Service Agent, I was bargaining on something a lot less apocalyptic than the actual truth of the story. It injected me with pure adrenaline the premise being so exciting and terrible. I also loved the very ending; as if Ethan in many ways had come full circle.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did not simply read the book, instead he performed it with an unnatural skill. He, too, must have enjoyed the book, and seemed to be taken over by it and become a part of the book himself. I will be looking at his other work with interest.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Forward, to the past.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Peter Clines 14, then you will love this this too. Absolutely recommended.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for her birthday.

    Janie says: "Brilliant series, by brilliant author."
    "Brilliant series, by brilliant author."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's not very often that an author this good comes along. Michael Robotham is an excellent writer, crafting his writing elegantly and without unnecessary flourish. He dialogue is clever and shines when a good narrator such as Sean Barrett performs it. The only other narrator to better Barrett performing Robotham was Crispin Redman performing The Suspect. His voices were just wonderful - especially for the policeman Ruiz. Books of this quality are hard to put down; you want them to go on forever. The plot was intelligent and original, and the ending extremely satisfying and it left me with a smile. If you're reading this, you must love a good mystery/thriller but don't like wasting your time or a credit on a mediocre book.
    I can assure you this book is definitely not mediocre. It will tick all your boxes and more. Please buy it and enjoy!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Watching You?

    For me, the entire book shines, without any particular moment being the most memorable. Having said that, the appearance of Malcolm was very memorable, as was each appearance in the book of Owen. I won't say why, as the reader will discover for themselves, on listening to this wonderful book.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    I like the way Sean Barrett, for me, speaks with virtually no accent. OK, it's mildly British, but understated. He performs the book well changing from narrative stretches into the various dialogues in a masterful way and always engaging the listener by injecting interest, activity and mood into his performance.


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

    Yes, I felt like laughing and crying but most of all I felt that tingle of expectation and suspense that prevented me from turning the book off to go to sleep. There were many occasions where I empathised with the various characters and they all played believable parts in the story. Finally, the book made me sorry, sorry that it was over......


    Any additional comments?

    Please Michael Robotham, write another excellent novel in this series soon, and meanwhile keep safe and well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Double Image

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    He has walked through the valley of death and man’s depravity. Now war photographer Mitch Coltrane is trying to escape his memories. A haunting decades-old photograph of a woman pulls him into the mystery of a beautiful starlet during Hollywood’s golden age. But past and present collide. A living woman, eerily like the woman in the photograph, comes into his life. So does a killer - straight from the war hell that Coltrane survived. Deception, double identities, and murderous revenge will shatter his new life, and force Coltrane to perform the ultimate act of courage - not with a camera, but with a gun.

    Janie says: "A double gong out!"
    "A double gong out!"
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    Yes, I too, usually love Morrell books and they generally rate a 4 star rating from me, but I could only squeeze a 2 out of the tube for this clanger. It was like Morrell, in the past, has started 2 books, an action one about atrocities in the Bosnian war conflict created by the insane mass murderer, Dragan Ilkovic and the a physiological thriller about a beautiful pathological woman in California who enjoys men fighting to the death over her. He then created the protagonist, Mitch Coltrane, a professional photographer, and let this shallow man loose in an attempt to try and tie the two plots together. It did not succeed. Adam Verner, whom I have not come across before as a narrator, did a fine job and managed to keep me from giving up before the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh Tones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    For two decades, the tempestuous Gabriel has challenged audiences with his wild work. And in the end, the prosecution claims, he alienated the woman he first seduced, then enslaved - enough to cause his own death at her hands. Yet, in Genny's mind there rests another story, one that started twenty years before... one in which a college girl on summer break met an older, attractive artist - and began a forbidden affair she would never forget, a shadowy, sensual union in which she was more helpless and more powerful than she would ever imagine.

    Janie says: "pleasant surprise......"
    "pleasant surprise......"
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    this book was not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it possibly even more for that. I thought it would be just another murder mystery but it was far from that. It was a story of love and loss and finding love again just to loose it again too quickly. It was also a book about so much more; of growing up from a girl to a woman and of finally understanding the frailties and the complexities of life itself. Good stuff!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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