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Julia

berkeley, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (580)

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "Can't get through this BAD NARRATOR"
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    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    WTF? I feel like I am being punked by Audible. I have never noticed a narrator, and this is the second book in a row that has a bad/horrible narrator. I can't listen to this. ARGH! Got to call and get a refund. But so disappointed in Audible, they are destroying my favorite authors.


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

    Can't get passed the narration


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Marosz?

    Anyone


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Why oh why? Don't you have anyone listen to these books before putting them out?

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Road: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Alex Morrow faces her toughest opponents yet in this brilliant new thriller about criminals, consequences, and convictions. Police detective Alex Morrow has met plenty of unsavory characters in her line of work, but arms dealer Michael Brown ranks among the most brutal and damaged of the criminals she's known. Morrow is serving as a witness in Brown's trial, where the case hinges on his fingerprints found on the guns he sells.

    Bonny says: "Denise Mina does it again"
    "Well written and narrated"
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    What did you love best about The Red Road?

    But it ended abruptly.


    What about Cathleen McCarron’s performance did you like?

    The narrator handles the characters well. She makes one loathe some characters by the tone of her voice and feel sorry for others.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1600)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1430)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tight and Engaging -- Reel and Robie are back!"
    "I love this writer"
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    Where does The Target rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    But there was one character that I loved the most, very interesting, and intense. Interesting plot, but I liked the character development and back stories the best.


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

    yes


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (341)

    Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

    cristina says: "The demise of a great, fun author"
    "Huh?"
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    What would have made Be Careful What You Wish For better?

    Very long winded, without an ending? Very strange. It's as if the author decided to write every detail that ever existed in the world, but then suddenly got tired and ended the story.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

    ending


    Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Be Careful What You Wish For?

    many were very long winded with way too much detail


    Any additional comments?

    huh? shaggy dog tail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7716)
    Performance
    (6966)
    Story
    (6966)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Ends with fluff"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think Grisham was an okay writer, and some of his writing is still okay, but the ending left me a little bit awestruck by it's ineptness.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

    It's better than his previous few which were unreadable.


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    Give up on Grisham


    Any additional comments?

    Grisham has run out of plot.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (286)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "Very, very, very, very long"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think she wrote about Haver's brushing her teeth or using the toilet, but every other act was well-documented. And just as you think you are done, it goes on... and on... and on...

    And all the characters are extremely stupido.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

    No, I think I am done


    Would you be willing to try another one of Davina Porter’s performances?

    maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Just One Evil Act?

    huh? Probably most of them


    Any additional comments?

    Long and boring, with very stupid characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (434)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Not my favorite Nesbo"
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    Where does Police rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Nesbo is such a superb writing that even his worse is better than most people's best. That said, this novel was not my favorite. I think Nesbo should take a break from the Harry Hole series and write some more stand alone books. This novel was a bit chaotic and a bit too much. There were too many threads going at once, and there was an evil character, who was too evil and too omnipotent.

    Some of the characters acted incredibly stupidly.

    As a mother and a women some of the scenes were very painful.

    The rape scenario was a bit much...

    I love the Hole series, but this didn't hold together. I think that Hole himself is such a big character, that if he isn't anchoring the novel, there isn't enough to hold it together.


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

    evil and chaos


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (525)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    Sylvia says: "best so far"
    "This is a bit relentless"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Conspiracy of Faith the most enjoyable?

    I haven't finished it, and it's very well-written, but each hope seems to be crushed.... Over and over again.


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

    Yes, and no. I kept wanting to go forward, because I want an okay ending


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    Karl is always my favorite


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The October List

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: Pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again. A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, The October List is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.

    Cynthia Rielley says: "Yuck"
    "I'm returning this one"
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    What would have made The October List better?

    I realized that I dread having to listen it to the end. Since this is supposed to junk reading, I can't imagine why I am torturing myself. I hate the main character, and the creepy men lusting after her. I'm shocked that a mother could be thinking about anything but her daughter in this story. Sorry I can't imagine lusting after anyone, if my child were in danger. The story is confusing, which is okay, but I am not invested enough to want to figure it out. I think Deaver is going on my list of, wait for the reviews before investing a credit. Now I have to return it...


    What could Jeffery Deaver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better characters, better writing, and better plot... other than that it was a good book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of January LaVoy?

    I don't know, as I don't know the narrators' names, but January overacts the overwrought writing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    dread


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (151)

    London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed? One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man? And does either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance - or possible death?

    Kathi says: "Predictably excellent addition to Rutledge series"
    "Huh?! It stops mid thought"
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    What would have made Proof of Guilt better?

    I feel like the author just got bored writing and stopped. This is my first and now my last Charles Todd book. He's a good writer, but no one should end a book the way he did. It really felt like it ended mid-thought. I've never read a book that ended this way. I wouldn't suggest this, unless you love Charles Todd.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Simon is a very good narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    bafflement, and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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