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Rose

Member Since 2008

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  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1517)
    Story
    (1514)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Left me breathless..."
    Overall

    I just finished this lovely story and am left breathless... The other 5 star reviews have said all that needs to be said... poetic, beautifully written story; very well acted narration; a great "listen". I want more!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Twist: Frank Quinn, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    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
    (85)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    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...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (135)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    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...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (778)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (712)

    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."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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 7 mins)
    • By Erick Brown Hypnosis
    • Narrated By Erick Brown Hypnosis
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (53)

    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!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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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:)

    18 of 18 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
    (1121)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (955)

    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.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Solid 4 out of 5 stars..."
    Overall
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    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"
    Overall
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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
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2850)
    Performance
    (2176)
    Story
    (2190)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "A Most Insidiously Dark Tale..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you are looking for the "Feel Good Book Of The Year", this is not it! A most insidiously dark tale of an extremely dysfunctional family. I understand this is Gillian Flynn's first novel and it shows... not in her writing style, which is excellent, but in the storyline balance.

    I liked the story, overall, however It stays dark and miserable throughout. Not a moment of lightness or joy. I was left feeling a bit empty. Maybe that was the author's intention... hmmm... However, I think she could have thrown in a bit of a happy moment, just to even out the ride.
    Like when you see a photo of a fire ravaged forest, blackened and bleak, but then notice one small, green blade of grass or a single yellow flower popping up through the soot covered dirt. Just a little happy moment...

    That said, it was well written, with depth to the characters and storyline, until the ending, where she seemed to rush, just to wrap things up. It felt as though this was an abridged version toward the end. Maybe it was done in the editing dept and not the author's choice.

    I would read "Gone Girl", which was superb, highly recommended, and a more polished representation of this fine author's true talents.

    The narrator did a fabulous job and I have enjoyed her work reading Lisa Gardner novels, as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2238)
    Performance
    (1905)
    Story
    (1894)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Reachers "Sex Therapy" seems to have kicked in:)"
    Overall
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    Reacher's back and so is Lee Childs! He seemed to have phoned in his last works, however has redeemed himself with this. Fast paced. Edgy. Witty banter. Quality from start to finish. A read you will want to listened to straight through. .... still can't visualize Tom Cruise playing Reacher on film... it's hoped that deal has faded away.... But I digress... fun Reacher story. Enjoy!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (919)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "HOLY CRIMONY! This Was So Disturbingly Good!!!!!!"
    Overall
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    I literally just finished this...Seriously, what an intense story!! I had no idea what this story was about when I purchased it. I hadn't heard any of the "Hype", so went in with a free head. I'm kinda speechless, to be honest with you... Very well written and well read. An emotionally draining read, so be prepared, however spot on with the subject matter. I don't know anything about the author, but I do hope she wasn't drawing from first hand experiences!
    The story is told by the "Victim"...leaping between past and present, finally converging to a dramatic ending and complete resolution.
    I am usually not into this type of "Lifetime for Woman Channel" subject matter, however this was so well done and "real"...
    One thought I had, while reading this, was I wonder what Male Readers think of this story and what emotions it brings out in them. I imagine it would be a whole different read for men, then woman.
    I look forward to reading reviews from a man's perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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