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Crystal

Knox, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (551)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "Alex Cross Fabulous as Always!"
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    Where does Merry Christmas, Alex Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love all the Alex Cross books. I don't know if I like one better than another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Alex goes into the house with the hostage taker.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason & Cadence: The Wolf's Mate, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By R.E. Butler
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    For 14 years, alpha wolf Jason has watched his partially marked mate Cadence live her life without him. Circumstances force his hand and he must find a way to get her to uncover her buried memories of their past before someone else steps up to take her from him. For as long as she can remember, hybrid wolf Cadence has loved Jason with every fiber of her being, but he's consistently shoved her away until the love that's there is bound tightly in anger and shame.

    Ruth says: "Redneck romance."
    "Vulgar and disgusting"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The writer should have read or listened to a few other sexually explicit books. The language was so vulgar when it did not need to be.


    What other book might you compare Jason & Cadence to and why?

    None


    What didn’t you like about Dara Rosenberg’s performance?

    She sounds like a young teenager which made the vulgar language even more disgusting.


    What character would you cut from Jason & Cadence?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I will not listen to any other books by this writer.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3348)
    Performance
    (2918)
    Story
    (2932)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Another wonderful Picoult"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    The different characters were fantastic. The different narrators are wonderful.


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

    The plot seemed to be transparent but like all the Picoult books I am always waiting for the unexpected twist.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I couldn't name one. They were all fantastic.


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

    I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. I was hard to tare myself away from it and could not wait to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I never have enough good things to say about Picoults books. I absolutely love every one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (735)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Cris says: "Ugh!"
    "Alex Cross never gets boring!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this and all other Alex Cross books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alex Cross, Run?

    Ava's death. Written so well it brought tears to my eyes.


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

    I don't look to Alex Cross for laughs. I am looking for the scare and suspense. To the best of my recollection this is the first one that made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent as always!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2600)
    Story
    (2616)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Not his best work."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book one way or the other.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    I have either listened to all of Harlan Coben's books. Until this one I loved them all. This one really dragged.


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

    Scott Brick's performance was excellent as always.


    Do you think Six Years needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think the ending was complete and does not need another book added to it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book just seemed to drag on and on and on. The story line was good but there wasn't enough suspense to hold my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4527)
    Performance
    (3762)
    Story
    (3782)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "WONDERFUL"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and would again. Jody Picoult has been my favorite author and feel the Gillian Flynn is right there with her.


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

    Yes, this was actually the second time I listened to it and would listen to it again.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi, and Thea have caught everyone's attention - but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group. Gemma seems to have it all - she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever....

    Patricia says: "don't bother"
    "Good car entertainment"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As a "good" book, no. For people that listen to the number of books a week/month that I do, yes. It is cute and entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amanda Hocking? Why or why not?

    I have listened to all of them and preferred the others.


    Do you think Wake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. They swam off to live their lives and it should stay there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (534)

    Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not a full story."
    "What happened?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't know. I liked the book but I hated the ending!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mia - her strength in learning the truth about her life.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    Mia


    Do you think The Gathering needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes! The book just abruptly ended with everything left open. It was very frustrating!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1192)

    The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

    Danielle says: "Good book, poor narration"
    "Changes in narrators."
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    What did you love best about Temple of the Winds?

    I absolutely love how Richard is always referring to himself as a


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    I was very upset by the change in pronunciation of character and location names. When listening to an entire series the change is very frustrating!


    Any additional comments?

    Over all I loved the book as much as the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18478)
    Performance
    (16447)
    Story
    (16407)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Fantastic!!!!!"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was shocked at how gripping this book was. I couldn't stop listening. Stephen King does it again and Craig Wasson was a wonderful narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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