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Janie O'brien

US | Member Since 2010

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  • 47 reviews
  • 84 ratings
  • 751 titles in library
  • 98 purchased in 2014
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  • Arsonist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Victor Methos
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    A series of deadly fires rages across the cityscape, claiming the lives of entire families. Helpless to stop the fires, the SDPD assigns their most famous detective, Jon Stanton, to the case. The evidence points him to a single arsonist committing the horrendous acts. But with a troubled young girl as his only credible witness, Stanton is running out of time. The San Diego PD's in-house arson investigator does not believe the fires correspond to the work of an arsonist and impedes the investigation into the murders. Stanton is left on his own to find the deadliest, and most powerful opponent he has ever faced....

    David says: "Hardcore Book!"
    ""Thrill lit""
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    No great literary fiction here but OK as a fairly basic 'in genre' thriller. Pace is fast, protagonist is evil and the cop is good and a Mormon to boot! Cop gets the baddy and the girl in the end. The narrator is well selected for this role.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger You Seek: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Amanda Kyle Williams
    • Narrated By Anne Marie Lee
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop the Wishbone Killer before another victim meets a shattering end, A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser turns to the one person he knows can penetrate a deranged mind: ex-FBI profiler Keye Street.

    Cheryl says: "Great Listen"
    "whining voice"
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    What disappointed you about The Stranger You Seek?

    everything


    What was most disappointing about Amanda Kyle Williams’s story?

    i just couldn't get into it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    absolutely


    What character would you cut from The Stranger You Seek?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    don't waste a credit unless you love 'from down south' whiny narrators

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (304)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    G. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "MAYBE I AM, MAYBE I'M NOT !!"
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    If you could sum up I Am Not a Serial Killer in three words, what would they be?

    A nice romp!


    If you could rename I Am Not a Serial Killer, what would you call it?

    I have these strange and dangerous thoughts !!


    Any additional comments?

    I quite enjoyed this book and would classify it as lighted hearted. I did not find this book horrifying at all; maybe occasionally a little grotesque. Perhaps I have become desensitised by watching the likes of CSI on the tele, but the mortuary scenes scenes were not at all shocking the way they were portrayed in such an everyday manner. In fact, I found the book rather amusing, especially when the supernatural elements appeared in the form of 'the demon' disguised as the old neighbour. What this demon serial killer did to his victims I read in the same humorous vein as the demon himself was described. I will buy the second in the series and again look forward to a nice light hearted 'horror.' Perhaps I'm a psychopath too (hehehe)!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate White
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    After losing her on-air job two years ago, television host Robin Trainer has fought her way back and now she's hotter than ever. With her new show climbing in the ratings and her first book a best seller, she's being dubbed a media double threat. But suddenly, things begin to go wrong. Small incidents at first: A nasty note left in her purse; her photo shredded. But the obnoxious quickly becomes threatening when the foundation the makeup artist uses burns Robin's face. It wasn't an accident - someone had deliberately doctored the product.

    Janie O'brien says: "DON'T WASTE A CREDIT"
    "DON'T WASTE A CREDIT"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one, The narrator, Abby Craden, should do jail time for most awful job I have ever heard. Please don't give up your day job Ms Craden. It was almost satirical, the way she read this book. It was so bad it was almost funny, almost !!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate White again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    A gifted performer may have improved the book a lot, but would have needed to be exceptionally gifted, but I'll never know!!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No - luckily I should get my credit back


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please please, don't waste a credit unless you want to give as a gift to someone you don't like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth or Dare: Brennan and Esposito, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tania Carver
    • Narrated By Martyn Waites
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Darren Richards opened his eyes to find himself duct-taped to a chair with a crossbow pointing at him. Behind the crossbow is a hooded figure wearing a black-faced, round-eyed gas mask. The figure tells him what Darren knows: that he stole a car, drove it recklessly while under the influence of drugs and killed a woman and her baby. His solicitor managed to get the case thrown out of court on a technicality so he has not paid for his crime. That, says the figure, cannot be allowed to happen.

    Janie O'brien says: "Best of British to DI Brennan"
    "Best of British to DI Brennan"
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    What made the experience of listening to Truth or Dare the most enjoyable?

    Apart from the fact that the book was well written and the characters well developed, Martyn Waites' performance was sublime; one of the best readers of audiobooks, he really brought this book to life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Cleverly written, to keep the reader/listener on the edge of their seat. This was accomplished by telling different stories from the personal points of view of the various characters who played pivotal parts, in two separate criminals' murderous deeds, which cleverly come together in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller, suspense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (426)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    Pat says: "Great story once you wade through the beginning.."
    "Rich Reading Rewards"
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    What did you love best about The City?

    I loved the way the story, for the most part, was told through the eyes of a musically gifted 9 year old boy. I also loved the way the characters were portrayed though his eyes, particularly the Japanese gentleman who lived in the upstairs flat who become Jonah's surrogate father.


    What does Korey Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Korey Jackson was 'the book.' He performed it so well, his reading became seamless with the story itself. His slight African American accent suited the story perfectly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    good ultimately defeats evil


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this sensitive book. Koontz just gets better and better with age, like a good wine. He no longer needs heavy servings of the supernatural to smack you in the face and gets his message across now with smaller, more delicate helpings which are far more satisfying. I rate this one as his best so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2484)
    Performance
    (2275)
    Story
    (2270)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Brilliant"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Madeline was my favourite character. She told her story with wry humour and insight. While she put on a carefree face, she was deeply sensitive to others feelings and cared for her children and husband with whole heartedness while holding a deep hurt for being abandoned by her former husband.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She must have enjoyed the book immensely too because she brought to her performance an empathy which only a deep understanding of the characters could; what a brilliant depiction of voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel almost every emotion one can possibly feel. I smiled most of my way through the book as Liane Moriarty and Caroline Lee brought us - you and me - everyday people, to life and showed us at our best our worst and as everything imbetween.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not normally a reader of these kind of books. How would you classify it? A story about relationships? My normal consumption of audiobooks are good police procedurals and thrillers but I bought this because of the numerous accolades it received and they were certainly well deserved. I cannot imagine a group of readers whom I would not recommend this book to. Irrespective of your 'normal' taste in books; read this !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac Station

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tom Harper
    • Narrated By Piers Wehener
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    "An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown.In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle.

    Christopher says: "surprised at how good this was"
    "Fire or Ice !?"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way the story was told by a number of characters from their journals & other paper works. It created mysteries within mysteries that kept my attention and interest all the way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end of Tom's journal; I won't say anything else here, or it will be a giveaway.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the final chapters of the book as they unfolded, gave resolution to the to the previous chapters in a most unexpected way.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not a simple thriller, where what you see is what you get. Rather it's quite the opposite.The writing of Tom Harper, was nicely achieved and gave gravity to an excellent performance by, Piers Wehener. I have not heard of this narrator before, but will be looking out for his other works. The story weaves this way and that, told from a number of viewpoints until you're at a loss as to who the protagonist might be. It kept my interest all the while with each character shedding some light on the situation and each other. However it's not until quite near the end until the whole story comes together in a most unexpected way that almost left me gasping. I liked the ending which left as many questions unanswered as those that had been answered. I recommend this book for those who enjoy a wonderful mystery suspense but where your ability to collate facts and your own mental creativity is not put on hold and becomes an intrinsic part of the denouement and final resolution - especially. Highly recommended\

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bombproof

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Abobsolutely Stunning! I Was Up All Night!"
    "Compelling & entertaining"
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    Would you listen to Bombproof again? Why?

    Absolutely, because Michael Robotham is such a good writer and fully understands how to bring a character to life. Sean Barrett's performance is fantastic and always a pleasure to listen to. Robotham's books are always multilayered and more and more is gained with each listening/reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Sami, of course. He's a born loser, or is he? We have to listen to the very end to find this out. Sami's trevails seem unending and insurmountable, but Michael Rothbotham draws this character so finely that we believe Sami and his life and barrack for him all the way to win over adversity.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Everything; what a polished performance. I epsecially loved his rastafarian voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it; get it. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Day and a Night: Ellie Hatcher, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband - until the District Attorney's office receives an anonymous letter. The letter's author knows a chilling detail that police have kept secret: The victim's bones were broken after she was killed. Her injuries were eerily similar to the signature used 20 years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence for his crimes. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose.

    Janie O'brien says: "terrible narrator"
    "terrible narrator"
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    What disappointed you about All Day and a Night?

    so far, there's only been a couple of books, I've been unable to finish, and this is one of them. Not because the book was badly written, in fact is was probably quite good, but because the narration - I call it that over performance - was so bad. Her voice grated on me; her emphasis was all in the wrong places and she sounded like a 15 year old that was attempting to read a book to her young siblings. What a pity, Alafair! I have enjoyed all of your books to date and previous performers have all been fine. Why on earth did you change narrators.


    What other book might you compare All Day and a Night to and why?

    Sorry, I found it impossible to concentrate on the story due this awful narration that I only got 1/3 into it before I gave it away completely.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Andi Arndt’s performances?

    NO, emphatically.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from All Day and a Night?

    Don't know, didn't finish it



    Any additional comments?

    If you're like me and require a good performance to enjoy a book; don't buy this !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Animosity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Newman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Andrew Holland is a best-selling horror writer. While none of Andy's neighbors has any interest in reading his macabre books, they're pleased to have a celebrity author living among them. Then, one morning, Andy finds the body of a child several hundred feet from his front door. A little girl who has been raped and murdered. And everything changes on Poinsettia Lane. Andy's neighbors turn on him. Their animosity is subtle at first: a dirty look from across the street, a friendly wave that is not reciprocated.

    Edward Lorn says: "A powerful story enhanced by a talented narrator"
    "DON'T PROVOKE ME !!!!!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Animosity to be better than the print version?

    How in the heck should I know? If I'd read it, I wouldn't have listened to it and vica versa.


    What other book might you compare Animosity to and why?

    Absolutely none !


    Which character – as performed by James Fouhey – was your favorite?

    Obviously, Andy, the main character who is really the only one we get to know well. We see the world through his eyes as his neighborhood changes around him after certain events happen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love thy neighbour, not!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what I was expecting when I purchased this book; some sort of mystery suspense because that's the category I usually buy from. This, however, is no ordinary mystery thriller. Yes, there is murder, if fact there are two, but they are only incidental to the real story. The story of how the public can be whipped into a frenzy - to be more concise - a killing frenzy, by the press and other media that unmasks all the hidden prejudices that live within all of us. I found this book a very disturbing examination of the group human psyche. If you like psychological thrillers then this book is for you; it's very frightening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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