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I am an I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

Edmonton, AB, Canada | Member Since 2011

  • 57 reviews
  • 105 ratings
  • 711 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Afraid

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante

    Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now.... A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven's only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom.

    coreybeth says: "Run, catch, torture, repeat puhleeezz"
    "A Lesson Learned"

    Read the reviews. That's the lesson for today.

    The reviews are loaded with references to the gory violence. People wrote how they were revolted by some of the depictions of pain, torture and graphic descriptions of terrible things people do to each other. They were right. I've read literally hundreds of thrillers and mysteries...and while some made my skin crawl and a few made me go "ewwwww" none of them was an out and out gross-out.

    This book is a very well written story that you will have to wade through rivers of gore to complete. There's nothing new here -- the theme has been explored many times. The "Fill In The Blank" monster descends on a sleepy town and starts doing terrible things to the residents. And of course it's up to a handful of people to stop it.

    To be honest, I was intrigued bythe plot and, despite some very goofy character actions, it delivered.

    If you're a fan of splatter movies, this writer is for you. (Wearing a raincoat when you're listening may help.) But the unrelenting violence seemed to start taking the place where I was really looking for some interesting character developments, or new plot twists -- something ANYTHING to take away from the endless nastiness of the narrative.

    I won't be getting any more books by this author -- despite thinking the book had merit. They are literally disturbingly violent.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "The King is Dead..."

    This book is billed as King's triumphant return to the horror novel. This is an exciting statement and makes me think of his awesome work on The Shining, The Stand, Salem's Lot...

    Revival is one big character rich/plot poor sigh with echos of what made King a household word to fans of the strange years ago.

    Revival is certainly listenable. It gets off to a merry start that grips you. Great characters and truly outstanding narration.

    It's when King has to deliver on the things that he's foreshadowed that it all starts to come apart. Sloppy plotting...and an ending not QUITE as dumb as "Cell" (his other blech effort) conspire to suck any real joy out of what this book could have been.

    The plot's creaky and the logic -- which oddly enough is a critical ingredient in creating good horror -- is as flawed as any tomato surprise story before it.

    It gets two stars for the way it starts. If I were to grade it on the utterly sloppy, tired flat last third of the book? It would get one.

    David M.'s narration is outstanding. But ultimately it's a losing effort...because it's tied in to a book that cannot be saved.

    I know if you're a hopeful King fan (like me) you're going to ignore this review and pony up the credit and hope for the best. I did. But you've been warned.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Taker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alma Katsu
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her...despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort.

    Jodie says: "Left wanting something more..."
    "Starts Well...rapidly goes downhill"

    The opening scenes are riveting. A mysterious woman arrives at an emergency room. Has she killed someone? A sad hearted doctor...secrets. I was starting to look for a few more books by this author.

    Then it turns into 50 Shades of Stupid. A flat and uninteresting foray into what the author, no doubt considers a masterwork of erotica -- but in reality is as interesting as listening to grass grow.

    There's very little of the paranormal here -- unless you consider endless trite bodice ripping style paranormal.

    Yuck. No,,,yuck squared.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Starts stong and loses steam..."

    There's much that's good in this book. The characters are interesting and beautifully drawn. The plot chugs along at a steady pace.

    Why didn't I like it more?

    I'm not sure. I found that midway through this story that my interest was flagging. With police procedurals I often find this is where my interest is keenest.

    The story seems to lose its way a little, buried under flashbacks and subplots that serve to create just enough confusion to make me a little bored. What I'm saying is that the focus doesn't sharpen as the story continues. On the contrary.

    There are many better crime novels...but this one isn't BAD. It's just...meh.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "Exactly What You Think It Is..."

    ...this book delivers exactly what you think it will: a street urchin slowly transforms into an assassin under the leadership of the Most Feared Killer Ever.

    It's listenable enough. The writing is lively and in many cases beautifully done. The villains are drawn perfectly and the story chugs along with maybe just a touch too much personal agonizing.

    This is the first of a series. I found that at the end of the first book, I'd had enough...and don't much care what happens to the hero.

    It is, however, a fine book for a road trip where you don't need to concentrate entirely on the story. Not inspired...but remarkably average in every way.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Shadows: Shadows Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The small, friendly town of Gladstone, Tennessee seems the ideal place to raise a family - until two teenagers are found tortured to death. Sheriff Miranda Knight will do anything to make her small town safe again, even if it means calling in Noah Bishop, the FBI’s psychic profiler. The last time she and Noah combined their psychic powers, she was almost destroyed. Now she must learn to trust him again, or she will most certainly die at the hands of the monster who’s stalking her town.

    David says: "Yuck."

    I am a very cheap person. I start the review with this revelation because I want you to KNOW that I have only walked away from handful of the books I've purchased.

    Out of the Shadows is one of them.

    It reads like it was written by a high school student. The style is clumsy and uneven and the plot is clunky, creaky and trite -- all at the same time.

    IF you find "It was a dark and stormy night" to be a sample of high literature...this is the one for you.

    A terrible waste of a credit.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Pyper
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Professor David Ullman's expertise in the literature of the demonic - notably Milton's Paradise Lost - has won him wide acclaim. But David is not a believer. One afternoon he receives a visitor at his campus office, a strikingly thin woman who offers him an invitation: travel to Venice, Italy, witness a "phenomenon", and offer his professional opinion, in return for an extravagant sum of money. Needing a fresh start, David accepts and heads to Italy with his beloved 12-year-old daughter, Tess. What happens in Venice will send David on an unimaginable journey from skeptic to true believer....

    David says: "The Hardy Boys meet Indiana Jones..."
    "The Hardy Boys meet Indiana Jones..."

    ...and not in a good way.

    How can a story that features a depressive professor who is summoned to a mysterious house in Venice and then gets led on a supernatural road trip POSSIBLY be so lame?

    The idea is better than the novel. It just sounds so good. In truth, despite occasional points of very high interest, I found myself sitting and thinking "Ummmm...what?" at some of the things that happened.

    The ending of the book is completely unsatisfying and is the logical conclusion to a book that started out with great promise and then slowly flops to the floor with an "audible" thump.

    I expect that, if you're like me, you're going to get this one anyway. Great title. Great synopsis.

    Just keep in mind: I TRIED to warn you.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Steampunk Meets Urban Fantasy"

    We've seen these characters before.

    We've heard this story before.

    But there's something compelling about the way they are strung together.

    No surprises...but a very listenable book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Great Story in Need of Editor"

    I enjoyed this book. I listened to it...and looked forward to doing so.

    The hero is a wee bit whiny...the plot drags in some places...but there's an element to the story that makes it impossible to put down. Compelling secrets, stolen memories and shrewd character portrayals make this one fly.

    I did find the main character a little tedious and the obligatory romantic subplot rather flat and uninteresting.

    But it's a very listenable audiobook. You won't be sorry.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Michael Connelly Delivers more Bosch"

    I'm a huge Connelly in I see a new book and I buy it. I don't read the synopsis or the reviews -- I just get the book and start listening.

    And the story has an interesting premise: a murder during the LA riots, dark secrets and a plot that just keeps chugging along.

    By detective novel standards, this is outstanding and is completely listenable.

    By Connelly standards...well...Harry does some things that will make you go "Huh?"

    A solid offering...but I found some areas where the believability was stretched to the breaking point. The villains are one dimensional and this was one of the few times where I'd figured it all out before I was told what happened.

    Is it worth a credit? ABSOLUTELY.

    Is it a road trip worthy offering? YUP.

    Will it keep you sitting in the driveway when you get home? Probably.

    It's just not Connelly at his finest...or Harry for that matter.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Harry's Back!"

    Where you been, Harry? We missed you.

    This is vintage Dresden. He's in trouble on several fronts, facing three do-or-die deadlines and facing impossible foes. In this, arguably the most successful urban fantasy series yet, Butcher continues to deliver old friends and new twists.

    And Marsters is back in the saddle. (Missed you too, guy.)

    Wonderful story...outstanding book.

    I wish I had six stars.

    So when's the next one coming? Huh?


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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