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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 Doll: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    On a busy Dallas street, Munroe is kidnapped by an unseen opponent and thrust into an underground world where women and girls are merchandise and a shadowy figure known as The Doll Maker controls her every move. While trusted friends race to unravel where she is and why she was taken, everything pivots on one simple choice: Munroe must use her unique set of skills to deliver a high-profile young woman into the same nightmare that she once endured, or condemn to torture and certain death the one person she loves above all else.

    Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady says: "Fabulous, riveting!"
    "Michael's Intriguing heroine."
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    Vanessa Michael Munro is not just a superb physical specimen who can fight better, run better and handle weapons better than any man, she also has brains and can speak almost every language on the planet. Of course she uses all her superb talents in this latest book on her life and deeds. It somewhat helps, but it's not necessary, to have read all Steven's books in the series to get and understanding of how all the characters in the book relate to her and neatly fit into all the layers of the story. I found this an excellent and exciting read and I'm looking forward to see what Michael gets up to in the future.

    2 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    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
    (637)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (574)

    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…

    Amanda says: "SHOCKED!"
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    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
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh Tones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cage of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tania Carver
    • Narrated By Martyn Waites
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Into the house. Down the stairs. Through the dripping dark of the cellar. Someone is there. Someone that shouldn't be there. As a building awaits demolition, a horrifying discovery is made inside the basement: a cage made of human bones - with a terrified, feral child lurking within. Unbeknownst to DI Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito, they have disturbed a killer who has been operating undetected for 30 years. A killer who wants that boy back.

    But the cage of bones is also a box of secrets - secrets linking Brennan to the madman in their midst.

    Sherray says: "I just HAD to know...."
    "certainly is a thriller......"
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    Ms Tania & Mr Carver are improving with each book they write. If you like your plots fast moving, a bit horrific, with characters you can become familiar with in a series and like then this is for you. No great piece of literature but it doesn't matter if you're a lover of thriller and suspense genre and it is actually quite well written. The book will keep your attention from the get go and builds to a climax that just maybe you can see coming and the ending is quite satisfying. Martyn Waites, as narrator, does an exemplary job with a not quite British but more of an international accent. I will watch for more of his. Recommended for all thriller lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (159)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "mystery, mysteries, and more mysteries!!"
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    If you love mysteries, then this book is for you. There are more mysteries in this book than 'you can poke a stick at. ' The book is well written, set in the late nineteenth century and just when you think you have gleaned the mystery, not another one, but two, three and even four or more pop up just to fan the fires of intrigue, which make you want to never put this book down. The characters are all interesting in their own right and well drawn by the author. Michael Kitchen's narration is more than just that, it is a superb performance and I will be looking out for other books 'read' by him. This is the first Goddard I have read but it certainly won't be the last. If you enjoy mysteries for intellectual satisfaction rather than for 'blood and gore' then you will enjoy this book. Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Immoral

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    In a riveting debut thriller that has drawn comparisons to masters of the genre like Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, Brian Freeman weaves obsession, sex, and revenge into a story that grips the reader with vivid characters and shocking plot twists from the first minute to the last.

    Larry says: "OUTSTANDING"
    ""Born Bad""
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    I'm really glad Brian Freeman's first read made a good impression on me, as now I'm sure I'll read them all. He's a good writer, never repetitive and writes good dialogue. He draws his characters well; some you'll like and others you won't. Perhaps in this book most of them I didn't. There was a good deal of suspense right from the very first page of the prologue where I was hooked immediately. The story then developed in an interesting way and then the twists and turns started in the second half and I was left upside down not knowing what would come next. I cannot help thinking, though, it would have even been better with a really good narrator. Having said than, Joe Barrett is OK, but, in my opinion only rates 3 stars. Apart from that, this is a very well woven book full of surprises right to the end; A thoroughly enjoying listening read and highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breakers: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA.

    Janie says: "Left me wanting more....."
    "Left me wanting more....."
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    I not a fan of most science fiction - especially off planet, however this book was firmly grounded on Earth, albeit with a sprinkling of aliens and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book starts with the hum-drum existence of two couples, one based in New York and the other in southern California. From there there the plot slowly develops into a dystopian nightmare. The character development is excellent and the story is told from each males point of view, each chapter switching from one to the other until in the books last half they finally unite. The book is more about the indomitable human spirit and the desire to survive and the plot is arranged to support this premise. For lovers of suspense and who appreciate a book that has a few layers and a book which is reasonably well written, I recommend this to you.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Daniel Brasher left a high-paying job as a money manager to work at a job he loves, leading counselling sessions with recently paroled ex-cons. Now he's ready to move on and start a private practice. But before he leaves, he finds an envelope in his mailbox - one intended for someone else. Inside is an unsigned note that says: "admit what you've done or you will bleed for it. you have 'til november 15 at midnite." The deadline has already passed and the person to whom the envelope was addressed was brutally murdered. Is Daniel next?

    Janie says: "I tell no lies, Gregg Hurwitz at his very best"
    "I tell no lies, Gregg Hurwitz at his very best"
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    I agree with another reviewer, Gregg Hurwitz does get better and better and I can hardly wait for his next work. Jeff Harding did an excellent job bringing this book to life and his words painted vivid pictures in my mind of each character. The story was original and evolved into an intricate plot that was most enjoyable in its denouement. A great thriller and highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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