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Cheryl

Douglasville, GA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 147 reviews
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  • 17 purchased in 2015
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  • The Dawn Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

    Brian says: "Awesome"
    "Great mystery story!!"
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    I loved this story by Don Winslow; in addition to enjoying the narration by Ray Porter. He was the perfect narrator for it.

    The characters were well developed and I could vividly imagine them as I listened to the audible. I especially liked the main character, Boone Daniels, the private investigator in San Diego, California.

    There is a lot of action and mystery in the story which made it all enjoyable. I also liked the historical reflections about San Diego and surfing.

    This book was as good as Don Winslow's “Power of the Dog” which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4690)
    Performance
    (3961)
    Story
    (3951)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Great Action Zombie Thriller!!"
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    This is my first book by the author Jonathan Maberry. I really liked the main character, Joe Ledger! It was a great book. It was wonderful how you really got to know the characters in the novel and were able to observe the way they responded to the situation they were in. It's also enjoyable when you can believe in the characters and can relate to their emotions and actions.

    Now to the BEST PART of the book . . . the Narrator, Ray Porter. He was awesome and really, really made this a 5 star audible.

    I am looking forward to reading another book by Jonathan Maberry and I sure hope the narrator will be Ray Porter!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1282)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1173)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Definitely an OCD kind of book."
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    I liked the book and thought that the narrator, Luke Daniels, did an excellent job. However, I kept hoping that more would happen in the plot to make it a lot more interesting than it was. I would have loved to have seen him succeed in a career and a relationship. That would have been wonderful to add to the story.

    I would say that the story was interesting, but the ending not satisfying. I also did not like the repetition of events in the story like the details about the Dragnet tv shows. Every time he watched it, which was repeated daily, the author gave you details about the Dragnet episode. That was annoying after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heartshot: An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (78)

    New Mexico Undersheriff Bill Gastner is presented with a case that appears to have brought big-time crime, including drug gangs, into Posadas County.

    Ian says: "An Excellent Start"
    "My first Bill Gastner Mystery"
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    I liked the main character, Undersheriff Bill Gastner, who was pushing almost the age of 60, being slightly over weight, not-too-fit, not-too-glamorous, and not-at-all-political. I also liked the setting in Posadas County, New Mexico. This was a good police adventure and the ending was very exciting!

    The story has a believable and enjoyable plot, many good characters and the narrator, Rusty Nelson, does a fine job. I look forward to reading the 2nd book in the Posadas County Mystery Series, "A Discount for Death."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greenhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Audur Ava Olafsdottir, Brian FitzGibbon (translator)
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Young Lobbi was preparing to leave his childhood home, his autistic brother, his octogenarian father, and the familiar landscape of mossy lava fields for an unknown future. Soon before his departure, he received an awful phone call: His mother was in a car accident. She used her dying words to offer calm advice to her son, urging him to continue their shared work in the greenhouse tending to the rare Rosa candida. Prior to his mother’s death, in that very same greenhouse, Lobbi made love to Anna, a friend of a friend, and just as he readies his departure he learns that in their brief night together they conceived a child.

    Cheryl says: "Very slow story"
    "Very slow story"
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    This story never grabbed me and by the time I finished it, I felt the ending should have been expanded on because it definitely left me hanging.

    I felt the narrator, Luke Daniels, lacked any enthusiasm and I wondered if that was intentional or just the narrator's mood as he read it. Perhaps the main character was supposed to be autistic like his brother too and that's why the narrator read the story in that way.

    Too slow-paced. I did not like the movie themed interaction with the monk; I did not like how we couldn't get to know the mother of his child, Anna; I did not like how we didn't get to know his father better, etc. Lack of character development throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1624)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1465)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Mel says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "A lot of work to mentally tackle this book."
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    This story was too large of a time period to enjoy. There were so many characters in the novel that it was hard to remember who was who and in what time span. He could have written a mini series and focused on one time period per book instead.

    It is definitely a bleak novel in following the history of the three members of the McCullough family. I was definitely glad when the novel was over. A lot of people raved about this book, however, I can only give it an average rating.

    I love the narrator, Will Patton, but wish Phillipp Meyer had written a better book for him to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boundary Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (473)

    Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans. Here Cork joins the search for a country-western singer who has disappeared in the wilderness along the American/Canadian border.

    adrienne says: "Another unusual adventure"
    "Native American mystery"
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    I enjoyed this just as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, "Iron Lake."
    I also liked how the mystery kept me guessing. The setting in Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota was great. I liked the main characters, especially Cork O'Connor.

    The plot twists and turns and is a great suspense. I look forward to reading future books by William Kent Krueger. Excellent job by narrator David Chandler!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2123)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1276)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "True Grit movie with John Wayne better than book."
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    I was disappointed in the book read by Donna Tartt. It seemed more juvenile than the movie version and was definitely not as entertaining. I wish there had been more character development in the book as demonstrated by John Wayne when he played the character of U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn.

    This book appears to have been written for young teens.

    I did not enjoy the narrator for this particular book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1162)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "My first Travis McGee book."
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    I liked this murder mystery. The author, John MacDonald, did a great job of characterization in letting me get to know the main character, Travis McGee. I liked how he lives on a houseboat in Florida - great setting. Even though Travis is willing to help others who cannot help themselves, he is still a James Bond type of character who will intimidate and torture if need be. This helped to keep my interest throughout the plot and made it a great mystery. It is hard to believe that this modern day suspense was written 47 years ago!

    A very entertaining book and I already plan on getting the second book in the series, "Nightmare in Pink."

    Excellent narration by Robert Petkoff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (937)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    Debbie says: "Riveting Mystery"
    "Great Story!!"
    Overall
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    The author, William Kent Krueger, did a great job in developing all of the characters extremely well. I really liked the main character Cork and his human frailties. The story setting in Aurora, Minnesota in the vicinity of an Indian Reservation was very intriguing.

    I can definitely see how his debut novel won the Anthony Award and I look forward to reading the second book in the series, "Boundary Waters."

    The narrator, David Chandler, was excellent.

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2114)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1116)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "Unremarkable Mystery Thriller"
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    There was nothing really great about this book. The main character, Virgil Flowers, is not really developed enough for me to like him or care about him, or want to find out what his future would be in the next book.

    I also hated the way that Virgil Flowers was trying to be a writer on the side in the plot. It was ridiculous how Virgil would work on his story every couple of chapters and you'd have to read the segment he'd written. Stupid. Who cares? I thought it was also ridiculous the rock band t-shirts that the author described him wearing every day that he changed clothes. It added nothing to the character development.

    Narrator, Eric Conger, did a great job narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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