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Cheryl

Douglasville, GA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 140 reviews
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  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (593)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Rochelle says: "Not just a Novel about War"
    "Like "M-A-S-H", loved The Lieutenants book one."
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    This was my first W.E.B. Griffin book and I absolutely loved it. It was similar to the t.v. series “M-A-S-H” where you got to know the characters, their heroics and their failures in their military and personal lives. I loved the character Lowell who was a rich kid that was drafted into the Army and in his teens.

    The book gives a great image of military culture and the brotherhood of soldiers. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! So glad I found this author and this book.

    Eric G. Dove was a great reader/performer too!

    6 of 7 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
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1150)

    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
    (1045)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (887)

    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.

    C. Telfair says: "Crackerjack Beginning to a Great Series"
    "Great Story!!"
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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
    (2082)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1090)

    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
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7669)
    Performance
    (5530)
    Story
    (5511)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Drifter SUPERHERO"
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    I did not really like the contrived and unbelievable story line, and found the narration by Dick Hill to be way too dramatic! As I listened to it, I couldn't make up my mind whether it was because of the narration that I found it so unlikeable, or whether it was Lee Child's writing.

    The plot is so unrealistic and the townsfolk of Margrave are so preposterous that my enthusiasm of reading future Jack Reacher books waned. Too many murders, coincidences and unrealistic town of Margrave, Georgia really ruined it for me.

    I was definitely unimpressed by the main character, Jack Reacher. I will also think twice before I purchase an audible read by the narrator, Dick Hill. TOO DRAMATIC.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heartstone: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (400)

    Consistently appearing on US and UK best-seller lists, C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake mysteries have earned considerable critical acclaim, including a CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. At the behest of a former servant to Catherine Parr, Shardlake travels to Portsmouth to investigate claims of unspeakable crimes committed upon a young ward of the court. There, Shardlake uncovers disturbing evidence even as England’s continuing war with France rages around him.

    MLKIllory says: "Worth the time and money"
    "Another Great Book in the Series"
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    This is another great book in the Matthew Shardlake series. I loved it.

    I enjoy how the author, C. J. Sansom, takes you back in time. His characters in the book are excellent. I felt sorry for Shardlake in this story because he seems to always take care of his personal friends and acquaintances, and their problems, but doesn't take care of himself.

    I think he realizes this in the story, and I look forward to reading the next one in the series, Lamentation (6th book) to see what adventure happens to him next, and how his character will develop.

    Once again, excellent narration by Steven Crossley!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strings Attached

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nick Nolan
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    Closeted teenager Jeremy is sent to live with wealthy relatives after his mother enters rehab. Struggling to fit into the posh world of Ballena Beach, Jeremy joins the high school swim team, dates a popular girl, and begins to think he may have landed in paradise - until his great aunt Katharine starts to dictate his every move…and a late-night phone call insinuates that his father’s accidental death was not so accidental after all. As Jeremy grows accustomed to the veneer of a fabulous life, so grows his need for answers - as well as the danger of immeasurable harm.

    Riva says: "A surprising treat!"
    "Teenage identity story : ("
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    Nope, not my kind of story. It was too teen oriented with adult themes. It was definitely a teen type of story about a teen guy realizing that he was gay. I feel they should have labeled it as a "young adult gay fiction."

    Furthermore, I felt a little insulted the way that the author portrayed the female characters in the book. I absolutely hated the way the the narrator, Luke Daniels, used a high pitched irritating voice when he read the female lines.

    The end of the story is open for a follow-up novel, however, I am confident I will not want to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (306)

    Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries.

    Brian says: "Must Read!"
    "Only Fair to not really that Good"
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    I did not really like this book and made myself finish it in hopes that it would get better. It never got better for me. It seemed sort of "stupid" or "corny" or "soap opera"; just not my kind of book.

    It was poor on character development. The author, Glenn Cooper, focused on the main character, Will, and did not develop the other characters at all. A lot of times the author added details to the story that were totally unnecessary as if the reader was dumb, or he needed to add to his word count.

    Even though the plot was very good and had a lot of potential, the story drags on and on. If written with better character development and less wordy detail, it could have potentially been an excellent story.

    The narrator was mediocre, however, that could have been as a result of the book he was reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19886)
    Performance
    (17695)
    Story
    (17660)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A Good Time Travel Adventure"
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    I enjoyed traveling back in time to the late 1950's. It seemed like a place I would like to move back into and stay, if only . . . it didn't have its dark side.

    This book is definitely a page turner. The reader will want to read to the end to see what is going to happen to Jake and Sadie and the other characters that I liked in the story.

    I liked the mixture of science fiction with history and JFK's assassination. I wished the story could have continued much longer!

    Excellent narration by Craig Wasson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (995)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    Shelley says: "Enjoyed, But Too Many Holes..."
    "It could have been much better."
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    Not only could it have been much better, but the trilogy should have been written as one book. The three books did not develop the story like it should have, and did not develop the characters very well. It was a great dystopian future kind of theme, but it could have been developed much deeper.

    The book leaves you hanging in the end and I'm not sure if the author, Blake Crouch, did that so that he can now write a new trilogy connected to the "Wayward Pines" story.

    The narrator, Paul Michael Garcia, did a great job in narration of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4748)
    Performance
    (3652)
    Story
    (3632)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "A Fun Action Thriller"
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    I enjoyed this book which reminded me of a James Bond type of thriller. The action scenes are excellent even though the injuries sustained by the Gray Man were a bit much to believe that he could physically continue on to the next attack. It's a fictional thriller, so why not?

    I look forward to reading the next book in the series, "On Target" published in 2010. I hope that in the next book he can develop the main character, Court Gentry, so that we can get to know him better than just a one dimensional action hero.

    The narrator, Jay Snyder, did a great job of narrating except for the voice of the little girl. I don't feel it was necessary for him to try to do a childish type of voice.

    Overall, a great action book to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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