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Julia

Plain City, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • A Fever in the Heart: And Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (68)

    A Fever in the Heart dissects an explosive triangle that led to obsession and murder in a small town in the northwest of America. Ann Rule reveals the story of an alluring wife and the two men desperate for her love; a story with a bizarre and deadly twist that no one could have suspected. In this and several other riveting true-crime cases from her personal files, Ann Rule masterfully probes the delusions of the criminal mind, the fateful circumstances and the unrelenting investigative forces at work in the aftermath of murder.

    Julia says: "Not my favorite, but still likeable"
    "Not my favorite, but still likeable"
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    What did you love best about A Fever in the Heart: And Other True Cases?

    Ann Rule always writes awesome books, and I love her True Crime Files books.


    Would you recommend A Fever in the Heart: And Other True Cases to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to my friends who aren't put off by graphic details. However, the first story about Morris Blankenbaker was a little long.


    Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    Well, heres the thing. I could have used a different narrartor. Here characterization of the male players in the book was off-putting, and because most of the players in this book were male, it was slightly annoying.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5918)
    Performance
    (5519)
    Story
    (5522)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Big Change for Mr. King (and his fans)"
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    Would you listen to Mr. Mercedes again? Why?

    I will for sure listen to Mr. Mercedes again, I really liked it. It isn't my favorite of King's novels, and its nothing like what he is known for, but it is a great story nonetheless.


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

    Yes! I don't want to give anything away, so I am just going to say yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20873)
    Performance
    (18715)
    Story
    (18782)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "As Good As "They" Say it is"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the two different voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ugh, they were both main characters are horrible people, which is part of the charm of this book I guess. I don't want to spoil anything, but lets just say I do love me some revenge.


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

    Yes, it is extremely entertaining, and it felt like each chapter left on a cliff hanger.


    0 of 1 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
    (3696)
    Performance
    (2966)
    Story
    (2989)

    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"
    "Kept me Guessing"
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    Would you listen to Sharp Objects again? Why?

    I will of course listen to this one again. I think its as good as "Gone Girl." I loved that it kept me wondering the whole time, and just when I thought I had the culprit pegged, I was only half right.


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

    The total creepiness of it kept me intrigued.


    What about Ann Marie Lee’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job on using different voices and inflections for different characters.


    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
    (4712)
    Performance
    (3934)
    Story
    (3953)

    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"
    "Least Favorite of Flynn's Novels"
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    Would you recommend Dark Places to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have recommended it to a friend, but warned her that its my least favorite of Flynn's three books. With that being said, it is still a worthwhile read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Will her dark family secret be brought to light?


    Any additional comments?

    I love the multiple narrations in the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (962)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "Disappointing"
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    Where does Thirteenth Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It wasn't my favorite, but it was a far cry from my least favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    I was actually pretty bored, and had to force myself to focus on the story. I think this is a book better left read by the junior high crowd.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (1874)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (634)

    A dark and sweeping adventure, Dreamcatcher is set in the haunted city of Derry - the site of Stephen King's It and Insomnia. In it, four young boys stand together and do a brave, good thing, an act that changes them in ways that they hardly understand. A quarter-century later, as grown men who have gone their separate ways, these friends come together once a year to hunt in the woods of Maine.

    DeClawed says: "Stick with It: A Great Ride"
    "Not my favorite King book, but it got better."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If said friend was a Stephen King fan, such as myself, I would recommend it, if they are new to King, it wouldn't be the first of his I would recommend.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The recording was kind of muffled which irritated me.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey DeMunn – was your favorite?

    Beaver!


    Who was the most memorable character of Dreamcatcher and why?

    I just liked the Beaver character, I liked his humor and vocabulary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dolores Claiborne

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frances Sternhagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (317)

    Dolores Claiborne's elderly employer dies suddenly, apparently from falling down a flight of stairs. This tragedy sparks memories of the day Dolores' husband died...the day of the total eclipse. Suspected by police and townspeople alike, she delivers a story of a disintegrating marriage, and the breaking point reached by a docile woman.

    Sandra M Irwin says: "A Great Listen!"
    "WOWZA!"
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    If you could sum up Dolores Claiborne in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible character story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is only one option: Dolores Claiborne. She is my favorite because she is one tough broad who doesn't sugar coat the awful truth.


    What does Frances Sternahagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't imagine anyone besides Frances Sternahagen reading this book. She brought depth to the character, and had a great Maine accent that Dolores would have.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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