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melissa

Norwich, CT, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "This was just okay"
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    I was surprised that I did not enjoy this book more, I have been a big fan of Mo Hayder since reading the Devil of Nanking and Birdman. This book seemed a bit dry, a little hard to get through. While I'm not typically bothered by the graphic scenes in her books, this one had one that went a little longer than I was comfortable with. The sisters did not hold my interest, I could not invest myself in their lives. They seemed like very two dimensional characters from an author who has had such memorable ones. There are many more titles that I would recommend for Hayder fans before this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonic: A Supernatural Horror Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lee Mountford
    • Narrated By Hannibal Hills
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Years ago, a young girl ran away from her childhood home and vowed never to go back. It was a place of fear, pain, and misery at the hands of an abusive father. But now, her father is dead, and she is forced to break that vow and return home - to lay his body to rest and face up to the ghosts of her past. However, Danni is about to learn that some ghosts are more real than others. Something beyond her understanding waits for her there, lurking in the shadows.

    Muraenidae says: "Dead Goat Equals No Go "
    "One of the Few Books I Seriously Almost Returned!"
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    This was disappointing and predictable at every turn. Not overly graphic but drawn out and the dialogue sounded so contrived. I actually was rooting for the bad guys in this one because I found the family so annoyingly oblivious and slow to catch on to what was happening to them. I really really wanted to return this one but I've never resorted to that before and wasn't 100% sure even how to do it, This was a waste of a credit. There are many many more titles more worthy with better writing, better narration and a far superior plot.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1805)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Seems Tedious at First but Stick with this One"
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    It seemed to move to slowly at first, I wondered why the author was going into such detail until I realized it was all part of the character's development. This book is at times maddening, frustrating, tearful and rage invoking...all part of what makes it such a compelling story. It does stretch a little bit at the end but overall I enjoyed it and felt satisfied with what the author did. Deals with domestic violence, some graphic scenes but they are not excessive and are part of the bones of the story...a necessary evil. I would recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Season: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Attica Locke
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (476)

    Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property.

    C. Telfair says: "Mystery + Atmosphere = A Definite Winner!"
    "Very enjoyable - I'm a fan"
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    Loved this author's writing style, it melded so nicely with the narrator's talents too. I felt transported to the plantation.It was very visual. The characters are likable and I was content that it did not end as nice and neatly as you might expect, for me it made it more credible. In the end I felt satisfied that the author answered most of the mystery. I will certainly add more of Attica Locke's books to my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6676)
    Performance
    (6190)
    Story
    (6145)

    Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

    shelley says: "Karin Slaughter has done it again!"
    "Fairly graphic in parts, not for everyone "
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    The violence in this book is pretty graphic but add to that it is violence committed against a child, two children and that made it difficult to get through for me. The story had a lot of interesting elements and moved along well. The characters were interesting as well but the author really went into details on the murder, attempted murder and rape of a child and it was one of the few books I nearly stopped reading because of violence that at times seemed more excessive than it needed to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets She Keeps: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    Overall
    (13433)
    Performance
    (12225)
    Story
    (12158)

    Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

    Marie says: "Secrets - but Nothing New here"
    "Fresh storyline - good pace"
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    I thought this book was paced fairly well throughout and had some very suspenseful moments. It was engaging, you became invested early on in the characters and their stories which mingled in with the larger, main plot well. I would recommend this for anyone who likes some depth with their suspense. Even if you see it all coming by then end, which you likely will, you are still involved enough with the character and their inner dramas to see it through to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Before

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rena Olsen
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5441)
    Performance
    (5055)
    Story
    (5048)

    Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.

    Alyssa Gallaga says: "MUST READ"
    "Tough Subject Matter but Handled Well"
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    The subject matter dealing with human trafficking is very tough in this novel however the author handles it all with restraint so you are not exposed to worst elements and details. Much is implied if only to move the story and tell the character's story. This is ultimately a story of survival and most importantly redemption. There are perspectives here that I've not experienced before and the writing is very well done. The narrator is excellent as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Water

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9200)
    Performance
    (8341)
    Story
    (8322)

    A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

    Mel says: "Don't Hold Your Breath"
    "Maybe a little more backstory? But Pretty Good."
    Overall
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    This one had a very intriguing plot and setting. I liked the characters, the sisters and their relationship. I enjoyed the way the author unpacked the story, a little at a time. I think it was an engaging read, that had a lot to offer. Well-written murder mystery, and the "why" is as interesting as the "who". I would have liked to have a bit more about the Jules life I think, how she transformed herself in the years of her sister's absence...that would be my only wish. This novel takes time to examine the lives behind the crimes and the relationships that were behind all the actions. I would recommend this one, absolutely. Narrator also does an excellent job of conveying the characters and the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cage of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tania Carver
    • Narrated By Martyn Waites
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Into the house. Down the stairs. Through the dripping dark of the cellar. Someone is there. Someone that shouldn't be there. As a building awaits demolition, a horrifying discovery is made inside the basement: a cage made of human bones - with a terrified, feral child lurking within. Unbeknownst to DI Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito, they have disturbed a killer who has been operating undetected for 30 years. A killer who wants that boy back.

    But the cage of bones is also a box of secrets - secrets linking Brennan to the madman in their midst.

    Phil says: "Very well narrated,"
    "Thought it Would Be Better"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There was a decent story here but it took too long to tell I think. It was hard to follow in places. I don't feel the credit was wasted but I hadn't enjoyed it as much as I expected too.


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

    It moved too slow in places, too much time spent on elements that did not matter as much.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Martyn Waites?

    Maybe.


    Did Cage of Bones inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Winter Haunting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (855)

    A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage - and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween, he has returned to the dying town of Elm Haven, his boyhood home, where he hopes to find peace in isolation.

    Jan says: "Exceptionally Well Done"
    "Good but Not As Good as "Summer of Night""
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really had high expectations because I loved Summer of Night so much. It had that "IT" meets "Stranger Things" meets "Stand by me" vibe. This book, a sequel to that one, lacks that same vibe. Even in the period of flashbacks, you don't get feel the same undercurrents that were so pronounced. Read Summer of Night first, then read this but go in with the understanding, it is a different feel and tone. Appreciate the author's talent, Dan Simmons is one of the best I've read in a long time.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I like the ending. I can't talk about it more without fearing I'd reveal too much.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bronson Pinchot?

    Yes, he was perfect for the main character's voice and did a good job on the other voices as well.


    Do you think A Winter Haunting needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I do not see how a follow-up would work. There were, in my opinion, questioned never answered but the story, both the one when they were children and now this one, as grown-ups, seems to have been fully fleshed out if not fully explained.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, Dan Simmons is a great writer...a credit would not be wasted on this book, but it should be read after the Summer of Night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Disappearance at Devil's Rock: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Paul Tremblay
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (413)

    Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: Her 13-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park. The search isn't yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy's disappearance. They feel helpless and alone, and their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: The local and state police have uncovered no leads.

    Tiffany says: "Subtle Creepiness"
    "Good Characters, Good Story"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Disappearance at Devil's Rock? What did you like least?

    The characters are so well-crafted in this novel. You can really feel their emotions and engage with their stories.


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

    The plot moved along well but I saw the end coming. There were some dark turns and twists however that kept me moving forward.


    What three words best describe Erin Bennett’s voice?

    Convincing, emotional, credible


    Was Disappearance at Devil's Rock worth the listening time?

    Yes, I would say it was. The writing is good, the story is too. The characters are interesting and you find yourself wanting to get to the end even if you already think you know what happened.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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