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Lorfet

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  • Into the End

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bonnie R. Paulson
    • Narrated By David Gilmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    America's end is near. No one knows why, but the great country is under attack. After being weakened by countless natural disasters, America opens its airspace for aid. But instead, what is left of the devastated West Coast finds itself nearly obliterated from above. The key may belong to tests designed by a Pacific Northwest psychologist, Rachel Parker.

    Lorfet says: "UGH! could not finishd"
    "UGH! could not finishd"
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    Would you try another book from Bonnie R. Paulson and/or David Gilmore?

    I doubt it. Definitely would not pay for one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bonnie R. Paulson again?

    Very doubtful.


    Which character – as performed by David Gilmore – was your favorite?

    none


    What character would you cut from Into the End?

    The wife was unbelievable. She was a psychologist, but couldn't remember what she was taught about dealing with grief and so couldn't deal with her own child's grief and just blurted out that daddy died in the fire. She supposedly almost left her husband and got a divorce over "Josh" yet didn't even recognize him when he arrived at her house. Then, later, again recalling that earlier she went into detail about almost losing her marriage because of him, she suddenly realized he had dimples. Her husband had been dead less than 36 hours and they all ride off to investigate a plane crash but she rides on the same 4-wheeler as the former boyfriend, leaving her 14 year old son to drive the other. Really? Just ugh. Insulted my intelligence one too many times and I ripped my headphones off and did the unhappy dance and started another book.


    Any additional comments?

    You will survive this book only if you can suspend any common sense you might possess and listen with gritted teeth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Run: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (450)

    Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state. Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold. Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace. Two days ago the killers began to mobilize. Yesterday all the power went out. Tonight....

    Paula says: "A Very Good Thriller!"
    "I tried to like it"
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    I really wanted to like this book. I did listen to the whole book but there were times that I just shut it down to keep my sanity. The idea behind the book was iffy, because the author never really attempted to explain why people were affected in the manner they were and how it affected everyone with the same delusion and why homicide and hatred were the result of the delusion. Also, the thing that caused this mass delusion, was it world-wide or just country-wide? See, I can't remember and I don't think that was ever explained but I don't care enough to go back and figure it out. The narrator also got on my last nerve trying, and failing to sound like a young boy; a teenage girl; and a grown woman. If you can't do voices, just read the book straightforward. Also, being female, I really hated the way the author made the adult female in the story an adulterer, without any real reason given, and then made her whiny and a scaredy cat and totally not even remotely fierce and the character was a doctor, which is not accomplished by the faint of heart. One last gripe - the teenaged daughter was a stereotypical brat - complete with headphones and iPod and crying and whining. Just ugh. I resent wasting money on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    A strange plague called the "Gets" is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget - small things at first, like where they left their keys... then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily - and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered - a universal healer, from initial reports.

    Charles says: "Troubling"
    "Ugh"
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    I listened to the entire book and that is 12 hours and 30 minutes of my life I will never get back. I like horror and suspense but you have to have a good idea and good writing. The characters never became real to me and none of them were very likable. I kept listening in the hopes that they might be redeemed in the end, but nope. Just as unlikeable in hour twelve as hour one. The author also tried really hard to be creepy and gross and it was just relentless. One thing after another, after another. I never had a chance to recover from one scare or gross out before another one was already coming. It was just too much and therefore, not creepy or scary but one dimensional. I'm sorry, but I just cannot recommend this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shutter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (442)

    Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

    But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry?

    Barry says: "Outstanding psychological thriller set in the 50s"
    "solid - but dated"
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    I first read this book when it was initially released and really enjoyed it. When I saw it available on Audible I decided to listen this second time around. It was still a good premise, just really dated. Its funny how you don't really realize how "PC" the world has become until you listen to something like this and recall what you used to hear on a daily basis and never thought twice about it. Ditto on the opinions regarding mental health and women's roles. The narrator was not my favorite either. I guess sometimes it is just best to recall a book fondly, but not revisit it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (365)

    It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    Rachel says: "HEY AUDIBLE!!! Get more Ann Cleeves!! good stuff!"
    "Murder mystery!!"
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    This was an entertaining book but at times it seemed to drag. There were twists and turns and the ending was definitely not telegraphed, but my suspicions were correct by the end of the novel. I was a little confused by the lack of supervision that a lot of the younger children had, but it did take place on an island where everyone seemed to know everyone else, so maybe they could be a little more lax due to this??? I tried not to let that interfere with my reading of the book, but I kept noticing that, and also all the kids drinking alcohol. I know that in Europe they do not have the same stringent laws as we do regarding use of alcohol as a minor, but it still threw me that youngsters as young as 15 and 16 were drinking and getting drunk and the parents thought nothing of it. I'm not being prudish, it just kept throwing me! The narrator was excellent and I will read more books by this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dry Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

    adrienne says: "Delightful find! First of the Enzo Files"
    "Good book!"
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    This was a very enjoyable book. The plot was exciting and kept me interested throughout the book. The narrator was just awesome and totally nailed the Scottish brogues and the French accents. There were several times during the book that I laughed and/or smiled at the sly humor. I must admit that at times I did get a little lost with all the French words and locations used, but I'm trying to broaden my horizons and this is just a step in that direction! Be aware that there are a lot of sexual innuendos and even a few scenes that are pretty explicit, so maybe not a good choice for a family road trip! I will be reading further books by this author!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5586)
    Performance
    (3552)
    Story
    (3554)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "good beginning to a series"
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    Overall this was a good book and I enjoyed it enough to order up the second in the series. Ms. French writes in a style that includes clear descriptions and believable conversations between characters. There are actually two mysteries ongoing in this novel, but only one is solved. In the mystery that IS solved I felt like Ms. French made her clues too apparent and the resolution was not unexpected. The second mystery within this novel is not resolved so I will be patient and hope to get further answers as the series progresses.

    I liked her character development but was somewhat surprised and disappointed with the direction that Detective Rob Ryan took in his journey through this story. I will not elaborate further so as to avoid spoilers, but suffice it to say I really liked him at the beginning and by books end, not so much.

    Although this novel takes place in Ireland, there is not one Irish brogue to be heard from any of the characters. That was a little disappointing but a small thing considering how awesome the narration was. I would recommend this to mystery readers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (818)

    At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends - until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Fantastic Prequel/Sequel to the Dark Hunter Series"
    "Funny and good listening"
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    This is a good book and a good start to a series I am looking forward to working my way through! It made me laugh out loud on several occasions and I liked the message of good over evil and that bullying can actually make you stronger and not just a victim. I would not say this is a novel that is appropriate for younger kids - not because of bad language - but because of references to females and sexual innuendos that might cause endless questions and/or some embarrassment if listening to this together!!! Overall this is very entertaining and I am truly glad I bought this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster in My Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By R. L. Naquin
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (293)

    I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no? After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain.

    Teresa says: "Quirky with Unusual Characters."
    "Entertaining"
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    This was entertaining and enjoyable. It kept and held my imagination throughout the story. The narrator did a good job with reading the book and helping develop the characters and keeping their voices distinct and individual. I would recommend this book for light reading and purely entertainment value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1378)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1256)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Anthony says: "Best Dean Koontz book yet"
    "Disappointing"
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    I have really debated on how to review this book, as I really enjoyed the first third of the book - was underwhelmed with the second third - and was lost and disappointed with the final third. My husband read the book before I listened to it and I knew he was not impressed. I really wanted to like this book as Mr. Koontz is one of my favorite authors and has been for many, many years. As it began, the main character reminded me a great deal of Odd Thomas and Christopher Snow and the story of his beginnings and subsequent life were interesting and kept me engaged. But then there was the introduction of the marionettes and the fogs and and the clears and I began to get a little bogged down and confused. As the book was ending I was really confused and unclear as to exactly what was taking place and it all seemed to come to a conclusion with no real excitement or "ta-da" moment. It turned from an interesting story to just a very basic good versus evil story that was underwhelming in its conclusion. Not a winner for me. I would not reread this and I could not recommend without some hesitation or explanation. It wasn't awful.....it just wasn't very good.

    MacLeod Andrew's narration was as splendid and excellent as ever.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2554)
    Performance
    (2289)
    Story
    (2306)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    Would you listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    I would listen again as the story made me laugh and was very entertaining. It is a "feel good" book and there was no angst or sadness to be found. It was just a solid book that made me happy and it made me think (in a good way!)


    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    The story reminds me of "Forrest Gump" with all the world travels and the interesting and notable people that he meets. Then a little of the "Pink Panther" with the situations that develop and how the story eventually winds down and ends so that all is well and the good guys go on their merry way.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Crossley did an excellent job with the voices and with the accents and with pronouncing everyone's name the same way each time. His comedic timing was perfect and he made the book very enjoyable.


    If you could take any character from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, of course it would be the 100-year-old-man! I cannot begin to imagine the tales he would have to tell and all in such an innocent and "it's not a big deal" manner. It would be a great dinner with good food and lots of vodka!


    Any additional comments?

    This is just an entertaining and fun book. I would recommend this one to anyone who is in the mood for a good book that tells an excellent story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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