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Amy

Plato, MO, United States

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  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (245)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Richard Delman says: "Lehane shows off his skills."
    "A Must Listen!!"
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    Where does Live by Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Live by Night is the top of the list. I have read a few Dennis Lehane books before and loved them and Live by Night did not disappoint.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the prohibition era and bad guy that you can't help but love.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually listen to books more than once but I will be listening to this one again. It was excellent. I couldn't stop listening. The characters were very well developed and Lehane really knows how to bring the characters to life. The narration was great too - the story flowed very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (328)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    D. says: "Get past the narration of the first chapter"
    "Wonderfully Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up The Winter People in three words, what would they be?

    wonderfully entertaining & spooky


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

    Absolutely! I loved that the story progressed through 2 different time periods - this kept the story very suspensful. The writer did a great job at revealing little by little to keep me listening.


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

    I really felt for the emotions that Ruthie was going through and for Sara's loss. The narrators did a great job at conveying their state of mind and emotions throughout the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. It was spooky at times, suspensful and a great sense of family throughout. It really enjoyed everything about this book to include the narrator's performances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (215)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    C. says: "Well read and written, just not my cup of tea."
    "An intriguing listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August the most enjoyable?

    The suspense and the way the story was told over the lifetimes but not in chronological order. It kept it very interesting. I couldn't wait to get back in the car to see listen to what happens next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subject of living one life over and over is what drew me to this book. There are plenty of movies about time travel and we've all seen Groundhog Day but this book really developed the basic concept well along with some very intriguing explanations. Also the author did an amazing job of unfolding the answers to the questions that came to mind when thinking of living one life over and over again.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job and wasn't too over the top. He developed the characters well but stuck to the story. I am not a fan of when a narrator over acts while reading a story. Kenny was just the right amount "performance" that allowed me to focus on the story and not just the narrator.


    If you could take any character from The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character. He meets many characters along the way that all play an important part in the story but Harry August is what makes this book worth listening too. He is a seemingly normal guy at first who does some normal, predictable things but he is also very complex.


    Any additional comments?

    An absolute must listen. My go to books are normally murder mysteries and haunted houses/people but this is now in my top 5 listens. I loved every second of it and highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Truth That's in Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Julie Berry
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who's owned her heart as long as she can remember - even if he doesn't know it - her childhood friend, Lucas.

    Amy says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    Where does All the Truth That's in Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is in my top three. A little different from my usual thriller or horror choices but worth it. I really enjoyed listening to the narrator - she had good flow and pleasant tone. The whole story was very well written and the author made sure not to give too many clues as to what was going to happen next or what happened in the past.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the story developed through the main characters telling of events and how the characters evolved. In the beginning there are a few characters you are meant to hate but as the story evolves your view of them will change. This is definitely a book I would listen to again - very enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite is near the end when Judith finds the strength within her she had all along.


    Who was the most memorable character of All the Truth That's in Me and why?

    The main character, Judith, was the most memorable not just because she is the one telling the story but because she is the one who changes the most.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that it was too short. I was sad that it was over so soon. I'm looking forward to listening to other books by Julie Berry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4710)
    Performance
    (2766)
    Story
    (2766)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Great Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to In the Woods the most enjoyable?

    This was a great story and the narrator was excellent - he really brought the story alive for me. Just a word of warning though the subject matter was a bit dark and could be disturbing because it did relate to children. But it was extremely well written and the writer did give the ending away. Worth the listen for anyone who loves this genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ancestors

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Brandon Massey, Tananarive Due, T. A. Banks
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson, Tye Jones, Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    L.A. Banks, Tananarive Due, and Brandon Massey are three of the hottest names in suspense fiction. In this collection of flesh-crawling tales, each author contributes one deliciously twisted selection. A writer unearths dangerous truths in backwoods Mississippi and a man's sanity - and life - are threatened by disturbing visions. Then, in the third and final tale, two children are forced to face off against terrifying ancestors.

    Amy says: "Not what I expected"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Would you recommend The Ancestors to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not - I listened to The Good House by Tananarive Due and loved it so I thought these 3 short stories would be similar. They were not. I think they would have been better as full stories/books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2078)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1297)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Great Series"
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    Any additional comments?

    For a first in a series this was a very good book. The narration is good and John Sanford keeps the story moving along. I have listened to later books in this series and they were even better. Classic cop/crime solver book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleed for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (241)

    A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing....

    Beverly says: "Outstanding Thriller"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    What did you love best about Bleed for Me?

    The story, characters and narration. I didn't know it was part of series until after I listened to it - very well written.


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

    Yes - there was never a dull moment. As the story developed I was more and more hooked. And as I neared the end I still didn't know "who did it". Its always a good book for me if the author can keep me guessing.


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

    No but I can't wait to start the series from the beginning - the narration went along with the story very well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (587)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Wonderful Story and Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good House to be better than the print version?

    Yes - the narration helped the suspensful scenes come alive. When I was finished I added more books narrated by Robin Miles to my wish list.


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

    Great plot - I love a great scary story and this one had all the right elements - a scary house, voodoo, and characters you love and hate.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love a good thriller and mystery this is a must listen. Definitely a perfect fit for an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (481)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "It was OK"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story was a little slow and since it takes place in Belfast I had a hard time keeping up the accents. It did pick up more at the end - I enjoyed the second half of the book a little better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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