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Alyssa

I am a very busy graphic designer. I love to listen to audiobooks as I work. To relax, I take an audiobook with me on a long walk.

Plano, TX, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 6 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 423 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (777)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "Another disappointed Koontz fan"
    Overall

    Awful. Definitely the worst book he's ever written. I love the good vs evil theme that is prevalent in all his books. I like that family and love are always such positive themes in all his stories. This book fails on so many levels. I buy all his books without reading any reviews or story synopses because I am a big fan. Usually, it's a good ride from page one. This book is actually boring, as well as, awful. Your money is wasted on this one.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (673)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    Cherri says: "slow read"
    "One of the most insipid, cliched books ever"
    Overall

    I loved the time period for this book. The main characters grew up in the same decades that I did and the references to it are what I appreciate about the story and why I give the one star. That being said, it was downhill from there. Nothing happens in this book. At the writing of this I am halfway through the second part. It's killing me to get to the end but I have a thing about seeing something through. I wanted to write this now to save anyone else from wasting a credit. This book should be used in writing classes to exemplify what not to do. Awful!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (815)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John Wayne Tucker says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "Enjoyed this book."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this audiobook. What I like is a story that starts off interesting and then maintains it. This book did that for me. Good main characters. Maybe a bit predictable but still a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Much Happiness: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    In the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky - a late-19th-century Russian émigré and mathematician - on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.

    Ginette says: "Alice Munro is a must!!"
    "Starts well then disappoints"
    Overall

    Alice Munro is a wonderful writer. Even though this is a collection of short stories the character development in each one is thorough. I read the first four of these stories. Each one was interesting to listen to - until the end. Each ending was such a disappointment (they just stop with no satisfying conclusion!) that I cannot bring myself to read the rest.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

    Serra55 says: "Dangerous Waters"
    "Kind of disappointing"
    Overall

    First let me say that Dean Koontz is at the top of my list of favorite authors. That being said this is not his best book. I was really disappointed in this one in many aspects. I don't want to go into detail and ruin it for anyone but the book didn't really go anywhere for a lot of the book and then when it did it was disappointing where it went to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (577)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    A. Jack says: "Vintage, Mature SK"
    "Excruciatingly painful"
    Overall

    If you like horror then listen to this book because it is horrible. This is my first review and I felt compelled to write this since there were only positive reviews to date. This book was in 3 parts, it was long and that wouldn't have been a problem had it been good. It wasn't. It was long and sad. The silly made up language that exists in the book (because it existed in the book between husband and wife gets real old real quick but if you think you would enjoy the word "smucking" and other such nonsense through this long novel this could be for you. I had heard it was a slow start and I patiently endured this thinking it was bound to get good soon. For me that never happened. If you want an excellent Stephen King book read "The Stand".






    8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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