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Cindy LaRue

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  • Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (321)

    In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

    Terry says: "once again angry"
    "Angry Narrator"
    Overall

    I've read the Scarpetta novels (early ones especially) and there was so much more depth in those characters -- what happened here? For anyone who has not read Scarpetta, how on earth could they find a character to like? No one to root for. The Scarpetta character reading was angry, angry, all the time. This storyline left me wondering what the heck I just read. Did I miss a chapter somewhere?

    I'm very dissapointed with her last two books. Very unfortunate.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2130)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1930)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    Yes. I loved the story and the characters -- and I enjoyed how he described the surroundings. It felt magical to me. I know people are dissapointed in the narration, but we have to lose our expectations and just enjoy the story. I remember being completely po'd when George started narrating because to me nobody compares to Frank..and George did not do the character voices very good in my opinion.So just love the story, because it is marvelous. And Mr. King is a brilliant story teller.I'm still waiting for another Dark Tower book...but one that picks up where the last one left off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1422)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "I couldn't NOT like this one..but"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Celebrity in Death in three words, what would they be?

    I have to first say that I have ALL audiobooks in this series and absolutely cherish all of them. As I have listened through 30 some books (and most twice). I never tire from the characters. Well, that is after all a large part of the series. Without loveable characters, why bother.And because I love this series so much I could never give it less than four stars, but this time maybe I should have done three. I guess because I felt there was too much of the interviews, and not enough emphasis on the story and/or side stories as I've liked in past books. It was a bit repetitive at times and there was not enough suspense.That being said, I did enjoy it very much. Also, I LOVE SUSAN. She is such an amazing talent...if she ever bailed out of doing the narration, the audio version of this series would be dead to me. No one could ever replace Susan.

    Nora does her research. The investigative details and how cops work just adds to the authenticity of the stories. I find it very interesting and informative.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Susan can do no wrong. She is by far one of the best narrators and most talented vocalists. The only time I've every had an issue is around books 12 or 13 I think when her voices were off -- Peabody's voice was almost non-discernible. The only minor thing I noticed in this one is that she seems to be narrating a bit too slowly, and trying to articulate more than than is necessary.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1619)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Loved this book"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this read...loved the characters and the narrator did a brilliant job with the different voices. The author has a wonderful style with descriptive narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9783)
    Performance
    (4728)
    Story
    (4756)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "This book was a GREAT read"
    Overall

    This is classic Stephen King. I have read the majority of his novels and really loved most of them. I couldn't stop with this one -- it held my attention throughout. I don't understand the problems others had with the narrator -- in my opinion he was fabulous. I love his voice, and especially his rendition of Big Jim. He was great in my opinion and give him major kudos. The only problem I had with the book was the ending..I think it could have been more of a 'boom' if you will. Given what the towns people endured with Big Jim what he and his cohorts put them through.I like when the author wraps things up more than this, but hey, it's his story and he can do with it what he wishes. I would definitely recommend this book. It was awesome!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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