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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
    (223)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    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
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (856)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    Theodore says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "This would be a GREAT movie!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed “Survivor” by Gregg Hurwitz.

    It was quite a fast paced, exciting thriller. I liked the development of the characters, especially Nate Overbay. A very enjoyable read.

    I have learned that Gregg Hurwitz has several really good books out there so I am definitely going to read more by him.

    Scott Brick did a wonderful job narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2817)
    Performance
    (2040)
    Story
    (2027)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "The first and last one I'll probably read!"
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    First of all, I did not like the narration performed by Dick Hill. It was either read too dramatically, or it was written like a soap opera and then read that way. Anyhow, the narrator did not help me like this book and I seriously doubt I will ever read the other books in the series.

    I don’t think I liked the main character, Jack Reacher. To me he was too egotistical.

    Oh no, I see that I also own the first book in the series, "Killing Floor", read by Dick Hill.

    I guess I’ll give it a try and hope that maybe I’ll like Jack Reacher better in the first book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1598)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (899)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "I couldn’t finish the story . . . too boring."
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    Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson, is a lot of information about the 17th and 18th century and the Baraoque world, but there is no background story to make it worthwhile to listen to.

    It’s the worst historical fiction I have ever read . . . especially if I couldn’t waste my time finishing it. Lack of a plot is what killed it for me.

    It was read by Simon Prebble who was excellent, and the best part of the story.

    Sorry, but I just couldn’t continue to drag myself through it and have to rate it a 2 star story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1715)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1594)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Really glad I purchased this White Trash Zombie!!"
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    This book about a 21 year old high school dropout looser, Angel Crawford, was a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I wasn’t disappointed. I am not really a zombie or vampire reader, however, the book cover was so cool and it had so many great reviews that I finally decided to purchase it.

    The author, Diana Rowland, is new to me and I enjoyed her writing style a lot. I also liked the narrator, Allison McLemore, and her southern accent. The story and the narrator were a perfect match.

    I really liked Angel as I read about her struggles and the drastic changes she was going through and what her personality was deep down inside. The other characters in the book were excellent too.

    Great murder mystery, great writer, and great narrator! I am looking forward to listening to the second novel in the series: “Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues” and I am glad to see that Ms. McLemore will be narrating it too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1217)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "A Joy to Read"
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    I love the “Outlander” series. It was fun to get back into the story again with all of the historical facts and details and characters we all love.

    The story does not really come to an end, so she’s got to be working on the next book #9 in the series!

    I am only rating this 4 starts because Roger, Bree and their family are a big part of the story, and I could have done without that since my favorites are Jamie and Claire and Ian. The surgical details were disgusting, but very interesting. Also, there was way too much sexual activity in the story that I feel Gaboldon could have done without.

    Davina Porter narrated the novel perfectly and I am so glad that she continues to narrate the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (614)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "Loved It, Loved It, Loved It!"
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    Lone Survivor, written by the only survivor of Operation Redwing, Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell, was EXCELLENT.

    In the story he shares with you his Texas background, his SEALS training, and the Operation Redwing firefight that he survived on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

    I feel that his experience deserves to be told, in addition to learning about those that lost their lives that July of 2005. I am glad that I read it!

    Kevin T. Collins did an great job in narrating the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (2548)
    Performance
    (2312)
    Story
    (2303)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "Glad it was free : )"
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    If this novella was supposed to lead me towards reading the series, it didn’t . . . but I did enjoy the narrator, Amanda Ronconi. She did an excellent job. I also enjoyed the free southern recipes that the author, Molly Harper, shared at the end of the story.

    The story really goes nowhere, but it’s a cute Christmas special. It's probably the type of novella Half Moon Hollow Fans would enjoy.

    Other readers have liked Molly Harper’s novella "Undead Sublet", so I might give that one a try, if it is free like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2975)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1831)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Tried to plough through it but couldn’t!"
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    I tried once listening to this Peter Hamilton science fiction novel but did not like it.

    It’s been quite a few months since that attempt, and I thought I’d try it again. Sorry, but after a second try, it was still terrible . . . especially the narration by John Lee. Reading the book myself might have been much better than listening to John Lee's narration.

    It was like a grand space opera that I couldn’t stand to sit through any longer.
    I could not find interest in any of the characters at all. They didn’t have personalities. Then you add John Lee’s narration to it and it goes downhill quickly. It was so unsatisfactory, that I just could not force myself to even finish the book.

    I do NOT recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (920)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Glad the Austrailian trilogy is over!"
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    I had purchased the The Potato Factory trilogy by Bryce Courtney all together. Even though I especially didn't like the 2nd book, I just finished reading the 3rd book, Solomon's Song.

    Unfortunately, it was disappointing, especially the ending. I feel that he didn’t really bring the story to a close, even though I was so happy that it was over!! I would have liked to have learned more about Ben's sister, Victoria, during the story. It would have also been great to see what was happening with the Potato Factory and Hawk while Ben was at war.

    I have always enjoyed Bryce Courtney's books in the past, but not this series.

    The narrator, Humphrey Bower, was excellent though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (492)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Ted says: "Hear "Cold Ground" First, Then Audlble This!"
    "Not as good as first book, but still a good read."
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    I really enjoyed the first book in the Adrian McKinty’s crime fiction Troubles Trilogy “The Cold Cold Ground” (2012).

    The second book “I Hear the Sirens in the Street” a Detective Sean Duffy novel, was not as good as the first, but does move the story along. It definitely kept me interested. I liked the way that McKinty set up the atmosphere where Duffy and the other characters lived in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.

    I also liked the little addition of the DeLorean subplot of the sports car plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland and DeLorean’s troubles with drug dealings.

    Overall, it was a good mystery and I am looking forward to the final book in the series, “And in the Morning I'll be Gone”, which I see is currently available from Audible.

    The narrator, Gerard Doyle, was EXCELLENT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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