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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
    (225)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (199)

    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
  • Shelter Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (784)

    Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.

    Judy says: "These books are fantastic!"
    "Domestic Abuse"
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    This story did handle the issue of domestic abuse very well. I felt sorry for Paige, the woman who was running from her husband.

    I really liked John “Preacher” and the way that he connected with her 3 year old son.
    I also liked the characters Mel and Jack.

    It’s definitely a beach read . . . not complicated, romance, and with a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2720)
    Performance
    (2286)
    Story
    (2291)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "DNA memory theory . . . NOT BELIEVABLE"
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    The positives were that it was easy to read with good characters. I liked the Scotland setting and the history, but it was definitely not at the Diana Gabaldon level!!

    I did not like the way that the author jumped from past to present. What I particularly disliked was her creation of "DNA Memory." That was stupid.

    Rosalyn Landor did a great job narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (568)

    The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a 17-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits.

    Emrys says: "Superb narration of a great story"
    "Choppy Seas"
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    Each chapter seemed to be unconnected and I often found the story boring. It was, therefore, easy to stop listening to or to become distracted while listening.

    I did like the main character, Hornblower, his many fears, and his sense of honor. I have read reviews by others that the remaining books in the series are much better than this one. Maybe I will try one of them if they happen to be on sale.

    If you like stories of the sea and sailing and ships and history, you may find this story very entertaining.

    The narrator, Christian Rodska, was the best part of the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated By Laura Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial. Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago's Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was.

    Ginger Heyman Pigott says: "Compelling and important"
    "Interesting, but way too long and not that good"
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    It was very clear in the beginning how the legal system is very unfair. It is very sad what happened to Jovan Mosley, however, I feel that it could have been written in a different way to make us care more about the different characters involved.

    I felt that she repeated herself several times and I found it annoying. Perhaps if it had been read by a different narrator than the author, I may have enjoyed it more. I feel that this would probably be much better viewed as a movie than read as a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (678)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "Unrequited Love"
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    Fabulous book by Truman Capote. You will enjoy it again if you have already read it, and if not, I think you will be very pleased. The narrator, Michael C. Hall, did a superb job reading it.

    I liked Holly a lot in the story and the way that she was everything and more. I also liked Paul her neighbor and the way that he loved her no matter what.

    What a great writer Truman Capote was!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lion in the Valley: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (461)

    Amelia Peabody, archaeologist and woman extraordinaire, should have greeted the approaching excavation with transports of joy. Nothing in the world could compare with exploring the muddy, musty corridors of some bat-infested pyramid. And at Dahshoor, to which she was headed, there existed some particularly fine specimens.

    Coffee Lover says: "A Delicious Confection"
    "Ramses is Back!"
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    For those that enjoy this Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peter; Book 4 is just as enjoyable as the others. Once again, it is a mixture of mystery and light romance and witty comedy.

    I really enjoyed getting to know their seven year old son, Ramses. I also liked the rivalry I began to see between Amelia and her son.

    Enjoy.

    The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat . . . awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pavane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    Considered Keith Roberts' masterwork, this novel consists of linked short stories (six measures and a coda) of a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church controls the Western world, and has done so since Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated in 1588. The Protestant Reformation never happened, and the world is kept in a Dark Age of steam-power transportation, with no allowance for electrical power, by a tyrannical Rome.

    Betty says: "Dense & rich - not a light listen"
    "Boring Alternate History"
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    I agree with many that Keith Roberts’ writing was excellent and that he has a very good literary style. Unfortunately, the story or plot itself is very, very boring and I don’t feel it was worth a credit or worth reading.

    There are several stories in the novel that Roberts’ attempts to interrelate. The first story was interesting and the second wasn’t bad. After that, I kept reading hoping that the plot would then develop with the next story and that it would get even better. No such luck. It was downhill all the way after story two. I would not recommend the novel, Pavane.

    The narrator, Steven Crossley, was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (842)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "A metaphysical reality with dilemmas"
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    To me it was like reading an adult version of “Alice in Wonderland,” just not as good.

    This is the first book I have ever read by the author, Haruki Murakami, and I found it quite different, if not bizarre. Perhaps it was because it was a translation from its original Japanese language.

    I found the story sometimes boring, and sometimes interesting. I felt I was left hanging at the end of the book and was disappointed after all of the time I had invested in the story. Were we supposed to figure out on our own whether Saeki was Kafka’s mother or not? The story was never concluded, which for me was a bummer.

    I did like the character Nakata. He was the cat finder who was simple minded, but why did he have to say he was “simple minded” so many times in the book, again and again and again?

    I never did figure out who the “Crow” represented in the story. He appeared a few times, but I never could understand why.

    I know that many gave this book good reviews, however, it wasn’t that good for me. I have another one of his books on my Wish List ''The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” which also had excellent reviews. I am going to have to think twice about purchasing it before I choose a different book by a different author on my Wish List.

    Narration by Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (625)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "A Character Study"
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    This is the first novel in a fiction crime mystery series about an attorney, Guido Guerrieri, in Italy. It is written by Gianrico Carofiglio, a real criminal lawyer, and narrated by Sean Barrett.

    The story mainly focuses on the attorney and the difficult time he is currently going through with depression and anxiety and separation from his wife. The book was very well written, it was interesting and different, plus the narrator was very, very good. I doubt, however, that I will continue on the attorney’s journey. There are currently 3 other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Umstead
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever. Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials.

    karen says: "A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
    "A Military Science Fiction - not for me."
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    All I can say is, "Glad it was free!"

    I listened to about 1 and a half hours of it and finally gave up on it.

    I was also annoyed by the narrator, Ray Chase. I just did not enjoy his narrative style.

    I will not be reading the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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