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Rose

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  • Memory Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (878)

    Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

    Big jim Picotto says: "Good character, bad plot, worse narration"
    "Just O.K..."
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    Hummmm... I really wanted to love this book, however it just didn't wow me. I have read most of David Baldacci's books, to date, and enjoy his writing style and characters. This book didn't come across as though it were written by him...

    No real character or thorough plot development. It was just...drive to a scene and explain the plot...drive to a scene, then explain the plot... Main character is "Smartest Person in the Room", so he just knows why things happened...just deduces everything...through the whole book. Not a lot of real action.

    Barely a word from the bad guys, so you don't really know why they are doing what they do. Pretty much, as I said, main character driving around...deducing.

    Plot is a bit convoluted and characters do things which wouldn't happen, I hope, in real life. For instance, the police let a journalist in on the entire police investigation...including driving around with the lead character (which he does a lot of) and the FBI. I don't recall them even remotely vetting her, yet here she is tagging along and adding input. Hummmmmm...
    Lot's of situations like this, but I don't want to give anything away.

    I'm giving it three stars all around, because it wasn't bad. It just wasn't great. If you have extra credits you don't mind wasting, then ok, but if not, I would hold out for something better.

    The narration was a bit phoned in and cut up, as though male and female recorded in separate places at separate times and they just edited it together...not real well. Not enough to totally take away from the story, but not 4/5 stars.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amanda Filipacchi
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Meet the Knights of Creation, a group of artistic friends struggling with society's standards of beauty. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, chooses to don a fat suit in hopes that it will help her meet the man of her dreams - a man who can see beyond her looks. Lily, Barb's brilliantly talented, unfortunate-looking musician friend, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the shallow man she loves.

    Rose says: "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful..."
    "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful..."
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    ...or shallow, or narcissistic, wear a colostomy bag, have boorish faux-intellectual friends, blah, blah, blah...................

    This Is The Worst Book I Have EVER Read! It was so bad I had to finish it just to see if it was as bad as it was! Extremely unsympathetic characters, combined with amateurish writing and a convoluted storyline, made for agonizing, torturous reading.

    The author stole/combined plots from Cinderella, Cyrano De Bergerac, Phantom of the Opera, Terminator 2, any Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch novel, Frozen, et al, and kludged together something best used as a script for a very bad Lifetime For Woman movie.

    I found myself wanting to stab the lead character in the throat with a chard of glass (You'll get the reference if you read this book...WHICH I DON"T RECOMMEND)

    As I was reading, I thought maybe the author was trying for the absurd...the tongue and cheek... but, no, she was serious. I won't get into the main premise of the book, because other reviewers have done so, other than to say the commentary is faulty, banal, and hypocritical.

    My fellow Audiblers, this book was so bad that I am not even going to try and get my credit back. I am willing to take the hit...to sacrifice my own hard earned dollars...just to warn you all to save your credit! That is just how giving, loving, beautiful, self-sacrificing, and wonderful I am.... (another nod to the book...LOL)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crash & Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Christina Traister, Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (766)

    Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

    Kerry says: "Terrible!"
    "Huh???? Lisa Gardener???"
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    I'm wondering if Lisa Gardner actually wrote this... If so, then she must be trying to ride the "Gone Girl" train...dark, mysterious, moody, twisted plot. It did not work. Story started out ok, then just became convoluted. By suspending disbelief (police running amok), I was able to finish the story. I would have given this one star, however felt for the characters and the narrator did a nice job.
    I have read and liked most of Lisa Gardner's books... Not sure what happened with this one...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Twist: Frank Quinn, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Kill... or be killed. Frank Quinn is a decorated ex-cop. A former homicide detective specializing in tracking serial killers. Now his niece, Carlie Clark, needs help. Someone is stalking her, and the NYPD can’t stop him. A blonde, blue-eyed beauty, Carlie fits the victim type of the killer who’s been terrorizing women — leaving them bound, gagged, and tortured with surgical precision. To win against the most personal adversary of his career, Quinn will have to set the perfect trap. All he needs is the perfect bait….

    B. brown says: "Lutz has done it again"
    "Same Ol', Same Ol'..."
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    I enjoy John Lutz novels and he is definitely a skilled writer, however he seems as though he's tiring of the Frank Quin series and just using his same ol' storyline to whip out a "pay check". This particular story had the same familiar characters saying pretty much the same things and doing pretty much the same things.

    The story started out with much potential and excitement, however became tiresome and just petered out at the end. Almost seemed as though the ending was abridged. Very predictable. I found this especially disappointing, as Lutz introduced a character whom could have livened up the ending, however the character just disappeared from the storyline and was put to no use. Not even "Red Herring" status.

    Scott Brick did his usual fantastic read.

    I would have given this book 4 stars, but rate it 3.5 for Lutz just phoning in another predictable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pulse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    The killer's depravity is insatiable. What he does to his victims is unthinkable. Homicide detective turned P.I. Frank Quinn has seen this M.O. before. A demented ritual, it's the work of Daniel Danielle - a notorious serial killer who blurs the line between male and female, human and monster. Danielle disappeared ten years ago. Is a copy cat repeating the crimes? Or has Danielle made a deadly return? Either way, this time the killing won't stop....

    Hendrik says: "This Narrator Always Comes Through"
    "Same 'ol, Same 'ol...."
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    Same storyline as most of John Lutz books, however still entertaining and worth a credit. If you have read other John Lutz books, then nothing much more to say.... If you have not, then read any review from any of his other works and they will apply, here.

    Solid 4 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleepless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    The world is in the grip of an epidemic of sleeplessness and one man will risk everything to find out what caused it. In his signature style of fast-paced action, outrageous violence, and graphically described scenes, we are tossed into a dramatic turbulence unlike anything you've ever read or heard.

    Pamela says: "an intriguing plot"
    "Just couldn't stay with it...."
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    This could have been a great book... interesting plot, characters, etc, however it fell short. Too much time was spent describing the environment and not enough time spent on full character development. It was like looking into a beautiful aquarium full of interesting fish, etc, but can't make out/enjoy the details, because the glass is so dirty you can't quite see in.

    I only made it through chapter 17... It was just too dull/bland. It needed more substance and a lot more action/intrigue... as I said, it could have been a great book.

    I could tell this writer has a way with words. I have not read any others of his work... maybe this was just an off case.

    I didn't have any problems with the narration. It was a dull book and the authors read it as such.

    Solid 3 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem: Delirium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (946)

    This exciting finale to Lauren Olive's New York Times best-selling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven.

    Katheryne says: "Where there is love there is freedom..."
    "Enjoyed the series...this final book, not so much."
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    I felt a bit cheated by this ending. It felt rushed and hollow. If I didn't know it was a trilogy, I would expect another book just to really make the story whole and complete. Overall, it is a beautifully crafted and written story...just needed a bit more.

    Sarah Drew is magnificent and was a perfect choice for this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Weight Loss Hypnosis: Exercise Motivation & Healthy Habits, Guided Meditation, Self-Hypnosis, Binaural Beats

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Erick Brown Hypnosis
    • Narrated By Erick Brown Hypnosis
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (75)

    Get the extreme weight loss results you want with this hypnosis program from Erick Brown. Extreme Weight Loss will channel your subconscious mind and encourage you to eat healthy and increase your exercise motivation. Subliminal suggestions for deep relaxation and positive change will be received by your subconscious, increasing your level of energy, helping you stay dedicated to working out, and improving your self-confidence. Why wait another day? Experience extreme weight loss with Erick Brown Hypnosis!

    Rose says: "OK, I'm Hooked!!!!"
    "OK, I'm Hooked!!!!"
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    This was my very first "Hypnosis" audio (or anything Hypnosis related, for that matter) and it was amazing!!!! I'm fortunate to have a dedicated spa area in my home, with a massage table, etc, so was able to completely shut down and relax. I have never been hypnotized before, so wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't asleep nor awake, just zoned out.

    Erick Brown has a great, soothing voice and was the perfect narrator.

    I'm not sure about the weight loss, etc, as this was my first session, but I "awoke" feeling totally energized and calm. I don't have a lot of weight to lose, just the normal 10 pounds, or so, but I think just taking a moment for myself, out of the hectic schedule to meditate like this will be a big help in losing the extra weight!

    I'm hooked and have just bought another of his audios:)

    Enjoy!

    PS. Another review wrote a negative review and I thought I should clear up the confusion. She mentions this is an "Anxiety" session. It is not... possibly she did not listen long enough. It goes through a relaxation/anxiety reducing stage, which is the hypnosis stage, THEN, he introduces the weight loss encouragements. At that point, you should be "under" and receptive to suggestions. Personally, I was excited about going through that stage, as I have much stress in my life (who doesn't these days LOL) and welcomed that portion of the audio:)

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1245)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    Jacqueline says: "Politics, Pornography, and Murder"
    "Solid 4 out of 5 stars..."
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    Just a quick review, as others have said most of what needs to be said. Overall, an enjoyable read, just not as full as other Prey novels.

    Lacked in character development. Sandford relied on past novel character development, so if you have not read others in the Prey series, you will not get the full experience and inside jokes, etc.
    Plot did not contain much mystery, as story played out as expected.

    Still, I have read all other Prey and enjoyed this story, so give it a solid 4 out of 5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power Trip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jackie Collins
    • Narrated By Jackie Collins, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Holter Graham, and others
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    A luxurious yacht in the Sea of Cortez, a birthday cruise for one of the world’s most beautiful women and an invitation no one can refuse...The Power Trip - take if it you dare. From Hollywood icon and mega-seller Jackie Collins comes a thrilling new novel, The Power Trip, set on a state of the art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought....

    Rose says: "Cliché Characters... Overall a Decent Beach Listen"
    "Cliché Characters... Overall a Decent Beach Listen"
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    Predictable, brainless, beach listen... Characters are VERY cliché. Typical Jackie Collins money, power, fame, sex read. Has a definite 80's vibe, ala Dynasty or Dallas.

    If you are looking for something to listen to while doing chores or multi-tasking, this will do nicely... That's why I bought it. Very well narrated, overall. Jackie Collins has a bit of a lisp, which I found a bit annoying, however not enough to take away from the story. All other actors did a fantastic job, especially considering reading so many characters.

    JC left an opening for a sequel, but did wrap up this story to my satisfaction, so I wasn't left waiting.

    A solid 3 stars...4 stars if rated solely as a beach read.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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