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Cheryl

Douglasville, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Plugged

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino, the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly, Daniel’s got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops, and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him, and he still doesn't know what's going on.

    Townsend says: "An Irish Chili Palmer"
    "Rediculous and Dull"
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    I just finished listening to “Plugged” by Eoin Colfer and found it very disappointing. I couldn’t believe with all of the action going on in the story and the ludicrous solving of a string of crimes, it was just dull and boring! The humor wasn’t strong for me and I thought there were TOO many crazy, ridiculous situations.

    I think maybe teens would enjoy it (even though written for Adults) because the plot is so improbable that it’s not funny! Unfortunately, after about two hours of listening it became just plain irritating. His imaginative conversations with the ghost of his doctor friend Zeb, who haunts him throughout the story, I found especially annoying.

    I wish I could have gotten into the swing of things, but the story line just seemed to irk me. I continually wanted to just give up on finishing the book, but I continued to the end and, unfortunately, the book never improved.

    I would stay clear of this one, and save your credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Damaged

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pamela Callow
    • Narrated By Eva Christensen
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé’s accusations, Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm. When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it’s just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn’t only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to the girl’s death.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "Canadian Medical/LegalThriller"
    "This 1st book in Series not as good as the 2nd."
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    I read the second book in the series, "Indefensible", before I read this first debut in the series. I must say that I enjoyed the second book much better than this one. I got a little annoyed about how she kept reflecting on how guilty she felt about being responsible for the death of her sister. That seemed to be described again and again when she could have just moved on with the story. Yeah, I get it that she feels remorse and will feel the loss forever, but it doesn't need to be brought up again, and again, and again.

    I wish that she could have developed the main characters more than what she did. There were definitely some interesting characters and the book could have been much better if we could have gotten to know them better . . . oh, but did I tell you that she feels guilty about her sister's death as a result of the car accident . . ?

    I would recommend that if you are trying to save credits, skip this one and move on to the second book in the series "Indefensible." I enjoyed the second book and have already purchased the third book "Tattooed."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (904)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "Another great book in the Series!"
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    "Any Other Name" was another great book in the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson. If you have read any of the books in the series in the past, you will be just as pleased with this one.

    In this story I especially enjoyed getting to see much more of his old boss, Lucian Connally. He's such a cool old Sheriff! I also enjoyed the presence of his best friend, Henry Standing Bear, his deputy, Vic Moretti, and the ever important Dog. There is also some Indian mysticism/spiritualism in the story which is set in Wyoming in the winter.

    The only thing I was a little disappointed in was Sheriff Longmire's seemingly lack of effort to be with his daughter, Cady, in the birth of his granddaughter. I know he's a dedicated Sheriff, but I also know his daughter means the world to him. You will, however, have to read the book to see if he makes it to the baby's birth on time.

    This is a great mystery with a lot of humor and great characters. The narrator, George Guidall, as usual did an excellent job.

    I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Long, Lollipops: The Free Until The End of the World Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way. Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.

    Debbie Petersen says: "Surprisingly excellent and captivating ."
    "Great Zombie Page Turner"
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    This was a great zombie short story and I was quite surprised I enjoyed it because I'm not really into zombie stories. Now I am very interested in reading "Until the End of the World" Book 1, and "And After" Book 2.

    The novella makes me want to know more about the main characters and how they will survive in this zombie environment. Great writing by the author Sarah Lyons Fleming and great narrating by Julia Whelan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2599)
    Performance
    (2351)
    Story
    (2357)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "A great nonstop action thriller."
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    This is the first book I have read by the author Blake Crouch and I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller. It was quite a mystery to try to figure out and I was surprised what was going on when the truth was revealed.

    The book ends with a lot of questions to be answered and problems to be solved, so I am definitely going to purchase the next book in the series, "Wayward." I want to know what happens next, and how the story will end for Special Agent Ethan Burke and his family in the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho.

    The narrator Paul Michael Garcia did a great job narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispering Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (720)

    In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.

    Julie says: "Special stories"
    "A good 3rd book in the romance series."
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    I enjoy the characters that Robyn Carr creates in the series. It was a nice read, not too complicated but just plain enjoyable. It is a lot about the town of Virgin River in California, which is interesting to learn about.

    I am sure I will continue the series at some point. By the way, the narrator Therese Plummer, does a great job in reading this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (461)

    Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, Dark Fire revisits acclaimed master of historical fiction C. J. Sansom's colorful and rapier-witted lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. Set in 1540, this beguiling tale of murder and mayhem is set against a rich backdrop of medieval London. Here, hunchbacked Matthew Shardlake is called upon to investigate the peculiar case of a young woman accused of murder.

    Julie says: "Great Historical Mystery"
    "Fantastic Historical Fiction . . . loved it!"
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    I enjoyed the first book in the series: "Dissolution", however, after reading the second book, "Dark Fire", I must say that it is as good as or even better than "Dissolution." I really like the main character in "Dark Fire", Shardlake, who is a hunchback, a lawyer and the hero. I also liked getting to know the other characters in the story.

    I enjoyed reading all of the details about Tudor London circa 1540 . . . the disgusting smells they lived with; their black teeth from eating sugar that only the rich could afford (there were no dentists); the feasts that would display the confectionery wealth; the guests at the feasts responsible for bringing their own knife; the knowledge that some women painted their teeth black so that they looked like they could afford to buy sugar.

    Also interesting was the travel by boat instead of walking through the sewage filled streets! The entertainment mentioned was bear baiting. All of this historical information is included so nicely with the narrative about a deadly weapon of war - Dark Fire. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Sovereign, book #3 in the Shardlake series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (677)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "Lame"
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    The writing was excellent and the narrator awesome, however, the plot was lame. It was so predictable: you knew that the boy was going to be the hero in the end, you knew that he was going to get the girl, and, of course, you had hopes that everybody would live happily ever after.

    In the beginning of the story through to about half way, I thought that it was really good. However, it started dragging on with nothing happening to move the plot along. Then I was super disappointed and knew I would not recommend this book to my friends. It's a shame because it could have been an excellent story with the authors' crafty writing abilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (801)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Terrific book and awesome narration!"
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    The author, Nevil Shute, wrote a fantastic book, and to add the best narrator, Frank Muller, to the production was absolutely perfect.

    I liked how it was a very believable adventure story. I liked the characters in the story, especially Keith Stewart. I also liked Keith's niece and how sweet and appreciative she was when they had to adopt her. The story made me feel good about the goodness found in some of the people Keith would encounter in his adventure.

    I am looking forward to reading it again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (294)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "Definitely a Victorian Mystery!"
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    This is a very long mystery with superb performance by the narrator. I just wish it could have been much, much shorter.

    By the end of this long, strung out mystery; you may not care whether the lost diamond is ever found or not, or who stole it!!! Thank goodness mystery stories aren't written like that anymore!

    Fortunately, the narration was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6251)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2388)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Characters difficult to identify and somewhat dull"
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    The characters were very confusing because when their names were read on Audible, they sounded so similar that they were difficult to tell apart. I had to work hard on trying to figure out which character the author was referring to.

    The story does have a lot of action, however, the author does not characterize the main characters in the novel to let us empathize with what they are going through. How can a reader appreciate or connect with a character when there has not been character development? It would have been more meaningful to have gotten to know the key characters better before, during, and after all of the action if the book.

    I am not going to rush to obtain the second book in the series because I feel there are more enjoyable books out there I would prefer spending a credit on.

    The narrators,Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone, however, did a great job of narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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