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Elle in the Great NorthWest

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Beaverton, OR, United States

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  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2309)
    Performance
    (2147)
    Story
    (2151)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Don't fall asleep to this listen-You been warned!"
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    Joe Hill really writes an awful (in a good way) novel..this was ucky creepy and I'm still thinking about it a week and another good listen later. It was truly not a fun listen and really got to me but I still am glad I listened. Made to be listened to rather than read, Kate Mulgrew of Star Trek "Voyager" fame shows her narrating ability in Hills' iconic horror novel..she has a flexible voice that can do many registers from high to low and displays an excellent ability to put the creep into creepy. Don't fall asleep to this novel..it will bring on BAD dreams......garenteed!

    This is the kind of plot that makes the horror genre honk its horn in excitement. While there are some reminiscent scenes similar to Hills more famous dad's iconic novel "Christine", Joe Hill doesn't stand on literary parents productivity with this example of his work.

    This book may wreck Christmas for some of you..I'm glad I listened to it in the spring as I don't want to hear "Holly Jolly Christmas" for a long time.

    I'm quite serious about listening to it while falling asleep. I did and my brain was full of the monstrosity of the Rolls "Wraith" trapping ME and taking me for a ride while I slept.

    I need to find a NICE book to listen to while I fall asleep I guess.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (231)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "One of McKinty's Best-well written / spellbinding"
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    I've read (in paper form) several of McKinty's novels but this was my first of his audio books. I was pulled in to the story by the writing and narration.

    Sadly one jarring note was Doyles narrative interpretation of North American voices-everyone, including the women, sound like 1940's mobsters. It was discerning and became a slight irritation. I know that the various US accents don't make much sense to Europeans but as a woman raised in the west, the same accent Doyle gave everyone took away from what was a very dramatic novel. Having a hearty booming midwest voice form the words of a weak man dying from AIDS was, to me, the most annoying of these accent malaprops.

    Of course his Irish voices were spot on, as one might imagine and carried the book for the most part.

    The plot is slightly convoluted but very McKinty in feeling. I could easily identify with Alex and even with John.The story arc was full of side ways sub plots yet everything came together.

    If you don't mind having young western characters sound like Chandleresque mobsters this is a great listen and recommended.

    I enjoy actually reading McKinty books myself so much that I'm not sure if I'll audio another one but this was well worth my credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ania Ahlborn
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    With nothing but the clothes on his back - and something horrific snapping at his heels - Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. Now, years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead. Surviving a violent car crash seems like a miracle for Jack’s family, but Jack knows there’s nothing divine about it.

    angelina says: "heavy !!"
    "Starts out slow-ends with a BANG"
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    This book really creeps up on the listener. Eric Dove's mild voice puts interest into the story as he details a typical family..some dissent due to not enough money and his band, two sweet little girls an interfering mother-in-law, a husband who can't really remember his youth and a wife who holds it all together.

    At about 4 hours we start to get some of the history and as this short audiobook continues even more of the backstory on Jack is divulged.... and then horror comes out.

    I listened to it one evening and wished I hadn't.

    A good audiobook for fans of Stephen King in his early days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abducted: Lizzy Gardner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (260)

    Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning...Lizzy Gardner was just seventeen when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.

    Sarah says: "Good story but pretty disturbing torture scenes."
    "Bored sounding narrator-could be much better"
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    The precept of this story should be exciting and offer tension and fear to the listener.

    Instead I found myself bored out of my wits and didn't bother to finish listening-it was too obvious how it would end.

    This could be blamed on a lackluster narrator with few skills in interpreting the authors words or with an author who didn't write sufficient tension into the book. In either case, this was a short waste of my time.

    I can't recommend nor will I bother with the second book unless theres a new narrator,
    I might try and read it myself-if I see it at a used book store...but really, there are so many better books out there-why bother?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (550)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Douglas says: "The Movie Makes More Sense Now"
    "Not a fan of Dick Hill"
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    Yes-I know everyone love his narrations but, for me, I thought his best lines were as HAL9000. When it came to giving life to the human characters Hill's narration wasn't up to par.

    Of course I've seen the movie 5 times and read the book several times..Because it is a favorite for me I though I'd buy the Audible version. It's wonderfully written and having Sir Arthur Clarke's prequel was so entertaining.

    As I know the story well, I ended u quite disappointed with Hill's interpretation of it.

    I'm sure all the Hill admirers will bast my review, but I can think of several other narrators who would have done a much better job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat o' Nine Tales: The Jane Yellowrock Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (278)

    For the first time - in one Audible-exclusive collection - it's 13 stories of Jane Yellowrock, the shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire whose business card reads, "Have Stakes - Will Travel". Jane carries inside her the soul of her Beast, the mountain lion's soul which merged with hers when she accidently performed black magic as a child. Now, she and her Beast stalk the dark streets of New Orleans, bringing rogue vampires true death.

    Pauline says: "More of Everything Jane Yellowrock (and friends)!"
    "Wonderful Backstories / Short glimpses-great"
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    I almost wish I'd been able to read these before starting the series..this Hunter/Hvam compilation of 9 short stories is filled with excellent glimpses into the pasts of Jane, Ricky-bo, Molly and Jane's growing friendship as well as being super stand alone stories.

    I very much enjoyed learning how/why Rick got his tats-a scary story in in it's self. Jane's intro as beast to Angie-baby as well as 7 other stories.

    If you've enjoyed the series but dislike short stories I encourage you to buy this. Hvam does her usual fantastic voice narration with sympathy and drama.

    Enjoy! I sure did!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Arts: Jane Yellowrock, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (585)

    When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

    Maureen says: "Another great book. Go Faith!"
    "Hunter and Hvam ROCK.One of the best of the series"
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    I'm not a big fan of vampire or zombie genre books but I've gotten very attached to the Jane Yellowrock novels narrated by Khristine Hvam. I've listen to Hvm on other books and she has a fantastic rangeof voices for characters..her male voices are excellent and all the women in the books are noticeably different.
    However the one protagonist I like the best is BEAST, Janes alter ego. Beast, the mountain lion has actually grown as a character..it amazes me that Hunter and Hvam can give an animal such a great personality, not based on a joke like Oberon the Dog in Kevin Hearnes Druid series...for me Oberon lost his appeal quickly while I've grown to like beast more in each book.

    The story ark also continues to grow and the series isn't a cliche romance with vamps liie others are. Yellowrock is a strong single woman who does love a man but their relationship is a small part of the entire plot like. I love how she has continued to grow thru sweat lodge memory trips with the Cherokee mother and daughter family who seem to be amongst her closest friends.

    If you enjoy vampire stories and strong women protagonists, I encourage you to try this series..do start with the first novel--they build on each other.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2986)
    Performance
    (2834)
    Story
    (2838)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Wonderful 5 star story..recommended"
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    If it weren't for Watneys F bombs, this would be a good family book..the excitement of the story builds slowly as Watney Macguyver's his way to survival after being left for dead in an emergency.

    As the daughter of an aerospace engineer I wish my dad could have listened to this story..the science is excellent and the problem solving Watney and the JPL folk go thru to rescue him.

    One of the best audio books I've heard on Audible. I seldom rate any book 5stars..it takes a pretty good novel for me to award 5 stars This well narrated story rates 10 stars IMHO

    Buy it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Down London Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (513)

    Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

    It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may - or may not - fly. But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable....

    SIMARA says: "Magnificent!"
    "Poor follow up to Dublin St"
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    As much as I enjoyed On Dublin St I didn't get the same from the sequel. I never found Jo a like able character un the first novel and just couldn't connect with her weak dependent and whiny in this follow up. Nor did I ever get to trust or like Cam, the boyfriend.

    Even learning Jos backstory, still I couldn't relate to her .

    Narrator Elle Newland did a great job with the novel and Samantha Young does know how to write a great sex scene..in fact this book was mostly bedroom action and weak plot.

    I really don't get the 5 star reviews for the novel..it isn't nearly of equal quality to On Dublin St.

    3 stars to the story..average women's bedroom novel and 4 for narration..the author can do better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Road

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (401)

    For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss.

    selena says: "Took awhile to get into but worth it"
    "A sad story of a regular families loss"
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    Night Road is the story of a young girl who has spent her life in foster care until she turns 14. She meets twins her age, they befriend each other thru high school until one terrible night.

    The narration is excellent and drew me into the story. It's one I'll listen to again, I'm sure. Well worth a credit-aimed at teens and young women this is a heart rending novel

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1148)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    Leesa says: "Swept me away!!!"
    "A Wonderful Novel for women to enjoy"
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    Samantha Young writes great sex scenes and narrator Paula Costello did a very nice job of telling them. The journey of Joss and Brendan from casual relationship to marriage was a "listen twice" type of audiobook for me.

    I enthusiastically urge women who enjoy romantic novels and graphic sex to spend a credit on this delightful story of an American girl in Scotland

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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